Tooth decay is perhaps one of the most common conditions affecting children. The reason for tooth decay can be attributed to either bacterial or dietary problems or both. Tooth decay occurs when acids that are present in your mouth destroy the enamel structure of the tooth. If caught early on, tooth decay can be easily treated without the need of filling and drill methods. However, if significant structural enamel loss has occurred, the following may be necessary:
- Dental Restorations
- Extractions – in the event extensive tooth structure loss occurs.
Food rich in Carbohydrates – such as candy and soft drinks, can leave deposits on the your teeth which can bond with bacteria present in your mouth – forming plaque. Dental plaque is easily removed by applying dental hygiene methods at least twice daily to prevent exposure to harmful acids.
Children suffering from sensitive teeth usually experience pain or irritation when consuming hot and cold food or beverages. This is due to a change of temperature inside the mouth which cause the teeth to expand and contract. Often, the cause of sensitive teeth can result in having other conditions such as tooth decay or gum recession. If your child is experiencing discomfort when consuming food and beverages, contact our offices to schedule an appointment.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can cause tooth inflammation and bone loss. If left untreated, it can ultimately result in sever tooth decay. Gum disease begins when dental plaque is formed and left untreated due to poor dental hygiene. In the early stages of gingivitis, gums become red and swollen which result in bleeding.
If your child is experiencing pain and bleeding in the gums, contact us immediately to consult with our team and schedule an appointment.