Dr. Telma Rubinstein, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at Prisma Dental has been encountering over her years of practice a drastic increase in the number of children that make appointments at the clinic.
She has attended toddlers as young as 18 months with cavities.
This tendency was confirmed by Dr. Shenkin, spokesman of the American Dental Association, who said that tooth decay is largely preventable however he has observed that most parents he sees were unaware they needed to make sure their children brush their teeth and did not know they need to take children to the dentist at an early age.
Although healthy oral care habits should start early on, and it is true that brushing teeth can prevent caries, there is still a missing link to the question of why children are increasingly having more and more cavities.
The nature of tooth enamel is indeed impressive, it was designed to withstand pressure exerted on teeth, to be strong in the face of acid-producing foods and even bacteria.
Sure, diet is a very important factor to the equation and it is also true that the modern diet poses many hidden threats to oral health, however the heart of the matter is that the quality of teeth your children develops starts during pregnancy.
According to a USDA nutrient survey report, the average woman over the age of 20 only consumes a 66% of their daily minimum calcium requirement. This means that most women are already in a state wherein their bodies lack calcium before they enter pregnancy and calcium is essential for building teeth and bones.
It was also found that the average U.S. female consumes between 144-276 IU of vitamin D daily, far from the recommended minimum intake of 600 IU. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin which is an active substance which aids in the processes of deposition and utilization of calcium and phosphorous.
Vitamin D has an active role in helping children´s tooth buds form densely in the womb, if a woman presents a deficiency of both vitamin D and calcium, the baby will usually develop teeth that are prone to tooth decay.
Consuming calcium-rich foods before and during pregnancy will not only ensure that your baby will develop sturdy and healthy teeth, it will protect you from having your calcium storage depleted, thus ensuring your wellbeing as well.
By: Prisma Dental
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