At the offices of Salt Lake Pediatric Dentistry, one of our primary pediatric dental services involves the prevention of cavities in your children. Not only are cavities potentially harmful and unsightly in the short term, they can have major long-term effects on several areas of overall health.
What are some of these long-term effects, and how can we help prevent cavities in your children that might lead to these complications? Here’s a look.
Tooth Decay and Infection
Severe cavities or tooth decay, which can be related, are major causes of tooth loss in children. This makes people more prone to infection, and this can have dire long-term consequences. In some serious cases, gum disease can even lead to lung infections or pneumonia, which can be life-threatening.
Untreated tooth infections can lead to a deeper infection in pulp tissue, and this will be expensive to treat and painful. It may also require a trip to the hospital or even the emergency room.
Heart Disease Complications
Several studies have shown that plaque buildup, which is related to cavities, can lead to an increase in your odds of contracting heart disease. Bacteria that causes plaque can also release toxins, and these can form plaques in the arteries.
Cavities can also lead to rising blood sugar, and this can be a major issue for people with diabetes. Improving oral habits can improve blood sugar control, and can even slow the progression of diabetes.
Luckily, cavities are almost completely preventable. Brushing twice per day for two minutes at a time, plus flossing every day, can go a very long way. As a parent, you can also help your child avoid cavities by lowering their consumption of sugary drinks or starchy foods, which feed the bacteria that lead to cavities. Also, make sure they drink plenty of water.
For more on how preventing cavities can help your overall health, or for any of our other pediatric dentistry services, speak to the pros at the offices of Salt Lake Pediatric Dentistry today.