Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay

Prevention is the key to developing and keeping a healthy dentition.
Our main role and goal as Pediatric Dentists is to help prevent dental disease and develop healthy habits in children, so that they can have a healthy dentition not only as children but in their adulthood as well.

Tips for prevention of decay start with children from when they are babies:

  • In the first instance parents need to start weaning their children off night time bottle/breast feeding after 1yr of age. Night time decreased saliva secretion decreased clearing action of saliva, lactogen in milk is a risk factor for what we call 'nursing caries'.
  • Toddlers and young children:watch that diet does not have too much sugar, frequency more important than quantity. In between meal time eating needs to be sugar free/savory snacks, encourage fruits.Be careful of hidden sugars in crisps.
  • Things like biscuits/cakes/traditional sweets like 'mithai/halwa etc' all high in sugar. Sweet, fizzy drinks not good.
  • Brushing teeth twice a day especially at night time very important. Parents need to assist children upto 7 yrs of age due to lack of proper development of child's manual dexterity.


  • Beware of changing lifestyle patterns which impact on dietary changes and changes in brushing habits.
  • Fluoride mouthwash in children after 7yrs of age in decay prone children.
  • Use of age appropriate fluoridated toothpaste.

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