Protecting Children From Tooth Decay

November 13, 2020

Cavities can lead to serious trouble for little smiles. Along with painful sensitivity and toothaches, untreated cavities could cause premature loss of baby teeth, which is a factor in the onset of dental misalignment. To protect little smiles from the impacts of tooth decay, your Olathe, KS, dentists provide a preventive approach to children’s dentistry.

The Causes of Cavities

Normally, the enamel that coats our teeth protects the sensitive inner layers of dentin, and the pulp, from exposure to bacteria. As a result, we remain free of issues like cavities or dental infection. However, if factors cause the enamel to weaken and erode, this exposes the dentin and allows cavities to form and grow with time. Injury that cracks or chips a tooth could be a cause, as could plaque buildup due to poor oral hygiene and a diet containing lots of sweets. When kids develop cavities, they could soon experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches that grow more severe with time.

Better Oral Health Habits

First, make sure your children brush their teeth in the morning and again before bed, for about two minutes each session. They should use a toothpaste that contains fluoride as well. You can assist your younger children, and monitor your older ones to ensure proper cleaning. As soon as teeth are sitting side-by-side in the mouth, then flossing is vital too, as this reaches the trapped food particles beyond the reach of a toothbrush. Your kids also benefit from drinking more water in lieu of sodas, energy drinks sports drinks, or fruit juices, and consuming healthier snacks instead of items high in sugar and starch.

Cleanings, Fluoride, and Dental Sealants

Every six months, your little ones should have a cleaning, in which we remove all plaque and tartar to prevent enamel erosion. During these visits, we will also coat the teeth in fluoride, a natural re-mineralizing agent that strengthens the protective enamel. For some kids, we may also place dental sealants. A thin acrylic coating is added to the rear teeth, preventing food from becoming trapped between them. The sealants stay in place for anywhere between five and ten years on average, and help lower the risk of a cavity. If you have any questions about our approach to children’s dentistry, or about what you and your family can do from home to keep smiles safe and strong, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dental Care?

Our team wants to help your kids enjoy optimal oral health for many years to come. For more information on keeping little smiles of all ages healthy, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.