"Sugar bugs" are small areas of sticky plaque on the teeth that often result in cavities. Though reasons for developing these "bugs" vary, most are caused by the consumption of sticky or sugary foods, like candy, ice cream, and cookies. Cavities even develop in some children who do not brush or floss after eating fresh fruits and vegetables with high sugar contents.
How Do Sugar Bugs Form?
Cavities form when sugary foods are introduced into the mouth, mingling with our natural bacterias and forming acid. These acids then eat away at the enamel of the teeth, causing sugar bugs - and eventually, cavities. If your child happens to have crowded teeth or is currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, these acids can get caught in between the teeth, making them more susceptible to serious cavities as they grow older.
So, how can you give your child a fighting chance against sugar bugs? The first step is to limit their consumption of sugary, starchy, and sticky foods and drinks. Ideally, you could also get them in the habit of brushing and flossing after each meal. If a toothbrush and toothpaste aren't readily available, a swish of water will help, as well!
Here at Kids Dental Center, our pediatric dentists strive to educate both our patients and their parents. If you are concerned that your child may be suffering from cavities, call our Chandler dental office right away to schedule an appointment.