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Tooth decay is one of the biggest health risks to your child. Though tooth decay affects patients of all ages, children are more vulnerable and are more likely to develop tooth decay than asthma between the ages of 14 and 17. In fact, 25% of children between the ages of 1 and 4 and 60% of teens between the ages of 12 and 19 develop tooth decay to some degree.

Tooth decay occurs in the protective outer layer of the teeth known as the tooth, which can be worn away from eating acidic food, especially if you brush your teeth immediately after. However, don’t use this as an excuse to not brush your teeth. Your tooth enamel can remineralize over time.

If you are concerned about protecting your child’s smile from the dangers of tooth decay, you can take certain steps such as ensuring your child brushes their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. If your child is too young to tie their own shoelaces, they may need your help to properly brush their teeth. Allowing your to observe you brushing your teeth and taking the time to explain the importance of maintaining oral health can help your child develop the right habits. Regular dental visits and a diet low in sugar can also reduce the risk of cavities.

To speak with our dentist, Dr. Shiva Hogugi, about tooth decay and your child’s smile in West Bloomfield, Michigan, contact Shiva Hogugi, DDS at 248-669-5110 today.