Tooth Decay Is Preventable.
Good news! Yes, in fact, tooth decay is preventable. Decay, which is caused by sugars left in your child’s mouth, can turn into an acid which in turn can break down his or her teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents tend to be lax in their oral hygiene habits.
How To Prevent Tooth Decay.
- Start early: After the age of two, brush your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. And, if possible, clean between the teeth with dental floss at least once a day, preferably before they go to bed.
- Don’t allow your little ones to eat after cleaning teeth at bedtime, as salivary flow decreases while they sleep and their teeth become vulnerable to cavities.
- Do not allow your little ones to nibble food or sip drinks continuously, and keep in mind that a low sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay at bay. Allow time between meals for saliva to neutralize acids and repair teeth.
- Drinking water frequently throughout the day can also reduce the possibility of new cavities forming.
- Dental Sealants can also protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Sealants, which are applied to chewing surfaces of molars, act as a shield between the tooth and harmful bacteria.
Finally make sure your child visits Hendersonville Family Dentistry approximately every six months for checkup and routine cleaning.
Diet Plays A Major Role
The food you feed your child can have a lasting effect on his or her oral health. In fact diet plays a major role in whether a child develops cavities and decay, which can lead to many dental visits and potential tooth loss. So what should you feed your child to ensure he or she has a healthy smile for life.
Foods & Beverages To Avoid
Healthy foods can present the threat of decay too. Some of the most common culprits are sticky foods like peanut butter, raisins, and granola bars, which can stick to the teeth after eating. If you serve these foods to your child, be sure to have him or her brush immediately after eating to remove any lingering sugary residue.
Make an effort to serve only water to your child any time other than meal times. During meals, allow your child to have milk or juice, but in limited serving sizes. Most importantly, never allow your young child to sleep with a bottle or “sippie cup” full of juice or milk. Doing so can cause rapid tooth decay, a condition known as bottle caries.
As long as your child is brushing regularly and eating a healthy, balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains you should have little or no problem with tooth decay.
Tooth Decay Affects Everyone.
Tooth decay affects everyone, with studies reporting tat 92% of adults have had a cavity at one point in their lifetime. In more serious instances of tooth decay, however, the nerve of the tooth may become infected. This type of infection requires a root canal, in which the affected nerve is removed, and the interior of the tooth is cleaned and filled.
Symptoms Of A Root Canal.
Damage to the dental pulp or nerve tissue leads to a rapid multiplication of bacteria within the interior of the tooth. The result may be an abscess, a small pocket near the root of the tooth that becomes full of pus. This infected area commonly causes the following symptoms:
- Intense pain or sensitivity when pressure is applied to the tooth.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, even after the heat or cold has been removed.
- Darkening or discoloration of the affected tooth.
- A small, persistent pimple that forms on the gums.
- Swollen or tender gums
- Swelling in other areas of the face, neck or head.
Nerve infection may occur to deep decay, although repeated dental procedures, facial trauma, chipping or cracking of a tooth, or large fillings may also contribute.
Only visiting Hendersonville Family Dentistry can confirm whether a tooth’s nerve has become infected. If you think you may have a tooth or nerve decay, call our office today to schedule a diagnostic appointment.
Oral Health Affecting Your Baby While Pregnant?
While pregnant, dental problems may get worse or new ones may arise. To help prevent this, one should visit the dentist regularly, use approved fluoride toothpaste, brushing and flossing twice daily, and eating a balanced diet and moderation. Those who have excessive morning sickness or/and vomiting are at an increased risk for tooth decay due to the acids in the stomach. You can try using a rinse made up of a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. This will help create a barrier to stop the acids from attacking your teeth.
Some Problems That May Occur During Pregnancy.
Some of the problems that may occur are pregnancy gingivitis, higher incident of decay and pregnancy tumors ( an overgrowth of tissue commonly in between teeth). Hormonal changes, diet changes, daily routine care all play a role in bringing about these potential problem.
While there are concerns regarding your dental health when pregnant, much of what people think is not true and it is even more important to maintain good oral health and proper care for one’s teeth. It is possible that without proper care there can be an effect on the baby but this is avoidable with regular dental visits and good home care.