Protecting Kids From Toothaches
Toothaches can be tough for little kids, and also mean the presence of decay that could threaten a child’s smile. Which is why, when possible, we want to help kids avoid them, and also aid in the prevention of tooth decay. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about how to avoid the onset of toothaches.
The Causes of Toothaches in Little Smiles
When kids don’t brush and floss properly, and when they consume a lot a foods and drinks high in sugar, this combination could increase the risk of cavities. Harmful oral bacteria will break down the particles of sugar and starch left on and between the teeth, creating a layer of plaque that coats the teeth and weakens the outer enamel. This exposes the more sensitive dentin to bacteria, and enables cavities to form. Even though baby teeth do fall out, delaying treatment due to this could mean the cavity has months or even years to grow and expand, causing infection, premature tooth loss, and other serious issues for your child’s oral health.
Treatment with Fillings
If you bring your little one to find the cause of the discomfort, we will examine the smile carefully. If we find tooth decay, we can provide treatment in only one visit with a filling. Instead of metal, we use a composite resin material that is safe for all ages. The material can be shaded to blend with the tooth and offer a more lifelike appearance. We numb the tooth, remove the decay, and clean the tooth. We apply the composite resin, and then sculpt the tooth as this material cures under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth for a brighter appearance. This only takes one visit, and helps prevent infections, tooth loss, and misalignment.
Dental Sealants and Other Preventive Treatments
We could also provide preventive procedures to help lower the risks of tooth decay further. For example, curing each checkup and cleaning we will not only remove all plaque and tartar, but apply a fluoride gel to help strengthen the outer enamel. You can help at home by making sure the toothpaste your child uses contains fluoride as well. We also have dental sealants, a unique acrylic coating that covers the rear teeth, which are often the hardest for kids to reach when they brush and floss. This prevents food particles from being trapped there, and they can stay in place for up to ten years in some cases.
Your Dallas, TX, Pediatric Dentist Offers Preventive Care
Our team wants to help treat tooth decay and even avoid them if possible. If you would like to learn more about how we provide the best solutions for kids with aching teeth, then contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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