This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation – Cavities Get Around campaign. All opinions are 100% mine.
Do you know what the most common chronic childhood disease is? The answer might surprise you. I know it surprised me.
Nearly half of children experience cavities by the time they start kindergarten in Colorado – that's 600,000 in one state alone. Five times more children experience tooth decay than asthma. Both of my girls developed tooth decay thanks to weak enamel. Fortunately, tooth decay is preventable for most children.
Many parents don't understand how important it is to take care of baby teeth. A lot of people think that just because they are temporary, there is no need to take good care of them since they'll be replaced anyhow.
That couldn't be further from the truth. It's extremely important to take care of baby teeth. Did you know that cavities can spread from baby teeth to adult teeth? So a simple cavity in a baby tooth could lead to expensive and painful dental issues in your child's future. Seeing a dentist regularly is important for children.
Maintaining healthy baby teeth will help guide your child's adult teeth in straighter. When baby teeth have to be pulled, your child's adult teeth are more likely to come in crooked (or in poor health). Keeping those baby teeth healthy can help your child have a healthy, beautiful smile for life.
It's important to keep in mind that baby teeth aren’t as tough as adult teeth – the enamel is much thinner – which makes them more vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay. So we have to take extra care to protect them. That means drinking more water – and less sugary drinks (like juice).
Baby teeth are typically exposed to sugar throughout the day, including through drinking fruit juice. Did you know that 10 ounces of orange juice contains nearly as much sugar as 3 donuts?
Soda might have the reputation for being sugary junk, but many sugary drinks like juice, flavored milks and sports drinks are perceived as healthy – when they are far from it. On the other hand, drinking water helps wash cavity-causing bacteria from teeth. Thank goodness my oldest daughter only likes to drink water!
Cavities Get Around
The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation recognizes the importance of caring for baby teeth, and their goal is to eradicate childhood tooth decay. That's why they created the Cavities Get Around campaign. It was founded to help educate communities on the importance of baby teeth and why sugar is detrimental to their healthy development.
Cavities Get Around is the Foundation’s long-term way of raising public awareness of this epidemic. I like that they created the campaign in both English and Spanish to make it accessible to more moms.
Be sure to check out the campaign for information on protecting your child's precious baby teeth.