Tooth decay is a widespread oral health concern, one that could impact babies, children, and teens. But what causes a cavity to develop, and can we take steps to avoid them? In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist takes a look at the factors behind cavities, and what you need to know to keep your child’s smile healthy.
Children are great at exaggerating, but when it comes to complaints about their dental health, it’s always safer to take them seriously. For example, if your child complains of a toothache, it could be a warning sign of something more significant, such as a cavity. Even if your child exaggerates the level of pain they feel, the fact that the tooth hurts at all may be an important warning. Today, we examine a few things you should know if your child’s tooth hurts, including what it could mean and how we can help alleviate the problem. (more…)
The differences between children’s dental care and dental treatment for adults are often more subtle than you might realize. For instance, teeth of all ages need certain routine care and preventive measures, such as routine dental checkups and cleanings. For both adults and children, the goal of consistent dental care is typically to preserve as much healthy, natural tooth structure as possible. Also, like adults, children may sometimes face severe oral health concerns in which extracting a tooth is the better option for preserving the rest of their smiles. Today, we explore a few instance when tooth extraction should be part of your child’s treatment, and why extracting the tooth may be the best idea. (more…)
When a tooth develops a cavity, we often address the concern in the early stages with a filling. But what if the cavity has reached a more advanced stage, or a painful infection or dental abscess has developed in your child’s tooth? In these cases, a root canal from your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist could help address the issue and avoid the need for tooth extraction.
The prevention of things like tooth decay and other consequences of oral bacteria buildup are often the main focus of your child’s preventive oral health care routine. However, there is no dental treatment that can prevent a dental emergency from occurring. Fortunately, if your child has a dental emergency, there are ways to help prevent the situation from getting worse and having a more negative impact on your child’s long-term oral health. (more…)
When it comes to protecting your child’s smile, you can do a lot to help them prevent things like cavities from developing. With good dental hygiene and plenty of alternatives to cavity-rich sweets, your child may successfully prevent a cavity from ever developing. However, cavities aren’t the only thing that could potentially impact your child’s smile, and in some cases, the problem might not be preventable. For example, if your child exhibits a problem with their bite alignment or function, or with the development of their oral tissues, then the warning signs might not be as common. (more…)
When we think about summertime, we think about fun in the sun, and also, our favorite summer treats. Snow cones, ice cream, lemonade, and other sugar-rich items are staples of these blistering Texas days. However, too much of a good thing is a recipe for cavities. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about how to limit sugar intake and offer fun alternatives.
Caring for your child’s teeth can sometimes seem complicated. On top of teaching them how to practice good dental hygiene, you also have to be vigilant in limiting their exposure to sugary foods and beverages, and noticing signs that they might be experiencing a dental problem. Fortunately, there are several professional treatments and services that are designed specifically to offer better protection for your child’s teeth. For example, with topical fluoride treatment, many of our young patients are able to avoid cavity development when their teeth or tooth enamel become especially at-risk. (more…)
When a cavity develops in your child’s tooth and you treat it early enough, the tooth can often be saved with the help of a biocompatible tooth filling. Once the filling is placed, however, it’s tempting to consider the problem solved, and your child’s tooth completely safe from harm. The truth, however, is that tooth damage caused by a cavity is permanent, which means the tooth will rely on the continued support of the filling. Today, we take a look at how you can help further protect your child’s oral health by helping them take proper care of their teeth and tooth filling every day. (more…)
Since homeschool has ended for kids in the Dallas, TX, area, and summer break has begun, now is the perfect time to set up a dental checkup appointment! A visit once every six months helps kids of all ages, from infants to teens, maintain better oral health. In today’s blog, we’re taking a close look at how we perform a detailed exam.