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How Wichita area Dentist can help in treating early childhood caries

Early childhood caries, also referred to as ECC, refers to cavity formation in infants, toddlers, and young children. In most cases, this condition starts behind the upper front teeth and progresses to the molars. This is why it is so important for parents to have their children visit a Wichita area dentist regularly for examinations to catch these concerns early.

Childhood caries is preventable. Taking good care of the teeth is one way to keep it from developing. You can help by:
  • Not allowing children to go to bed with a bottle of milk or juice
  • Avoid giving your child soft drinks, sugar water, or juices in their bottles
  • Do not use honey, sugar, or syrup on a child's pacifier
  • Clean your child's mouth after eating, which may require a damp washcloth to wipe plaque and food particles from the teeth and gums
  • Avoid giving your child a bottle after the age of one
  • Have your child seen by a dentist before their first birthday
Treating early childhood caries can be more difficult than traditional dental concerns. Children who have cavities at such a young age may need to have their treatments done under general anesthesia. However, if parents bring their children in early and often, they can stop the process that may require fillings and remineralization. Parents are also educated on ways to maintain their oral health and avoid further problems with cavities.

At East Wichita Dentist, we strongly encourage parents to monitor oral hygiene habits of their children and actively participate in maintaining a healthy smile. Children should brush and floss regularly and must see a dentist at least twice a year to watch for issues.

If you are a parent who is concerned about early childhood caries, it is important that you speak with a dental professional such as the dentist of East Wichita Dentist. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment and an evaluation of your child.
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