Kids get cavities. It’s not that we don’t try to prevent them. Of course we do. Children’s Dental Group offers you the specialized guidance and advice and you do your part by bringing your child every six months for an exam, x-rays, and a dental cleaning. But with all the sugary foods and drinks that are out there, it can be very difficult to stop all tooth decay from occurring. And when your kid does get a cavity, our Pasadena pediatric dental office has cavity treatments for him or her.
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The typical treatment for a cavity is a dental filling. The process of placing a filling involves removing the decay and debris from the tooth and then adding the filling material. This prevents further decay of the tooth, though of course a lot of that depends upon what she or he eats and drinks and how effective you are in brushing and flossing your child’s teeth. There are different types of filling material available at our Pasadena pediatric dental office, but composite is usually favored for front teeth. This is because composite fillings are of a shade that is very similar to that of your child’s teeth. So these fillings will blend in with the look of the teeth and not be obvious to the eye. Perhaps even more important, composite fillings bond very well to your child’s tooth. This means less drilling is required. Children are often quite anxious about the drill, so any time that can be shaved from that part of the process is a positive. Less drilling also results in less of your child’s tooth material being lost as the filling is placed.
For back teeth, amalgam fillings may be a better choice. They don’t match tooth color at all, but back teeth don’t show so this is not much of a disadvantage. On the plus side, amalgam is stronger and since most of the force of chewing takes place from the back teeth, this can be a major benefit. It is a good idea to discuss your concerns about filling materials with our Pasadena pediatric dental office.
As proud parents, we always want the best for our children and their medical and dental needs should be on top of the list. Research has shown that it is best to begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they cut their first tooth. A pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after the child is old enough not to swallow it. Proper brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer and chewing surfaces while flossing removes plaque and should begin when any two teeth touch. Our Glendale pedodontist with Children’s Dental Group promotes healthy eating habits that lead to healthy teeth. Always best to be aware and don’t let your child eat too many sweet snacks that can lead to tooth decay.
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Cleanliness is a major cause of early childhood tooth decay and a child can get early tooth decay when their mouths have not been cleaned daily. Mainly, there can be milk or juice in a bottle that stays in bed with the child, the child drinks throughout the night, and the liquid pools in the mouth for extended periods of time as it can during the day as well. This can cause repeated acid attacks and a chalky-white, crescent-shaped substance will form along the gum line and eventually turn to brown areas of tooth decay. Our Glendale pedodontist will explain that early childhood tooth decay can be prevented by thorough infant mouth cleaning. Soon after birth, daily mouth cleaning should start by wiping your baby’s gums, inside of cheeks, and roof of the mouth with a soft, damp, clean cloth.
Children’s Dental Group is dedicated to the treatment of children, from infancy through teenage years. Unique approaches are needed in managing pediatric dental needs, behavior, growth and development, and our Glendale pedodontist has the knowledge and understanding to guide them into a lifetime of proper dental health. Pediatric dentists have two extra years of specialized training and are dedicated to the oral health of your children. Our pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet the needs of children of all ages, helping them to avoid future dental problems such as painful chewing, speech problems, pain, or crowded adult teeth.