Top tips to prevent tooth cavities in babies and young children
Smile – let’s see those teeth! Parents and caregivers may not know just how prevalent tooth cavities are amongst babies and young children. By following some straightforward, dentist- approved advice, children’s dental problems can be stopped before they start.
– For young infants, avoid using the bottle to help them sleep.
– Toddlers should be drinking water rather than sugary drinks or too much juice, and visit the dentist regularly –starting within their first year.
– For older children, showing them how to brush and floss their teeth well is the best prevention of harmful tooth decay – and keeping that smile healthy.
“Did you know that cavities are the most common childhood disease? Cavities in children are five times more common than asthma.”
Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)
I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.
Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.
Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.
Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.
Special interest in Orthodontics.
Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.
I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.
Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).
I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.