Protecting Kids From Childhood Cavities
Kids can be very susceptible to cavities in childhood, and we want them to avoid this painful oral health issue. Which is why we have lifelike restorations to treat cavities, and also preventive treatments to keep cavities away. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about our approach to children’s dentistry.
How Kids Develop Cavities
Our teeth are coated in a thin but powerful layer of enamel, which protects them from injury and harmful bacteria. However, when kids eat lots of sugar and starch, this provides particles that harmful oral bacteria feed on, a process that creates plaque buildup to coat the teeth and weaken enamel. Lack of proper brushing and flossing can also be a factor, as this doesn’t remove the particles and instead allows plaque to grow worse. As bacteria reach the sensitive inner structure, cavities form that will grow without treatment, eventually leaving teeth susceptible to infection or even premature tooth loss. Warning signs may include tooth sensitivity when they eat or drink, or a persistent toothache!
Our team can provide unique preventive treatment to help lower the risk of tooth decay. For example, our team can apply a topical fluoride gel to the teeth, which strengthens the outer enamel and prevents wakened enamel. You can also help at home by making sure they use a fluoride toothpaste when they brush each day! We also have dental sealants, a thin plastic layer we apply to the rear teeth, the molars difficult for kids to reach when they brush and floss. These stay in place for up to ten years and prevent food and drink particles from being stuck on or between these hard-to-reach teeth. These will wear away with time, and will cling to the most vulnerable parts of the tooth’s surface the longest!
What if a cavity has already formed? In this situation, we can offer treatment with a lifelike dental filling. The restoration is made from a metal-free composite resin, so it is safe for kids of all ages. Placement only takes one visit, and this provides instant relief from toothaches. Since we can color match this material, it will blend with the tooth seamlessly. For more severe cases, we could discuss placing dental crowns. If you have any questions about treating poor oral health in little smiles, or helping them stay free of tooth decay, then contact our team today to learn more. A healthy smile for your children is always possible!
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Avoiding Childhood Cavities
Our team wants to help kids enjoy good oral health. For more information on our treatment options for children, contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.