Posts for: April, 2017
Pediatric Dentistry Can Protect Your Child's Teeth
In our pediatric dentistry office, parents ask a lot of questions about the best methods to wanting to know how they can protect their child's teeth when playing sports. This is an important question because as children get into early elementary school, they often begin playing sports like soccer, baseball and basketball. Thinking about ways to protect their teeth and avoid an injury is wise, so we encourage these questions.
It starts with good oral health
There are several things to keep in mind. First, the health of a child's teeth is going to directly impact how strong teeth are. The outside layer of teeth is made of a strong enamel. However, the enamel can erode over time and typically does so with a poor diet. Things like soda, for example, are very high in acid content. Giving a child even one soda a day can expose their teeth to serious erosion that weakens the enamel. Likewise, sour candy and even things like lemon and lime can erode the enamel.
Erosion makes the teeth more susceptible to health issues such as decay and dental damage. When a tooth has a cavity, it will be more likely to sustain damage since the tooth structure itself is not strong any longer. The tooth may be fine for a period of time but even the slightest friction can cause it to become chipped or break.
To make it less likely that a tooth will sustain damage, it is important to give children a healthy diet that is free from anything acidic or high in sugar content. In fact, mixing certain foods and beverages together can strengthen teeth, including:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Crunchy vegetables
- Whole grain
Bringing children to our pediatric dentistry office twice a year for a dental cleaning and examination can also help because it allows us to remove plaque and tartar from their teeth and to correct any damage or decay as soon as it is identified.
Wear a mouthguard
After addressing the basic health of their teeth, the next step may be to create a mouthguard using an impression of a child's teeth and measurements. The mouthguard will fit securely so that even the most active child who is running and jumping can protect their teeth while playing sports.
A mouthguard should be worn during every practice and every game to ensure that if there is a flying elbow or flying baseball, that collides with the tooth, the teeth will remain protected. Essentially, the guard becomes a barrier between the teeth and the outside world.
Schedule an appointment today
We can create a mouthguard for your child in our pediatric dentistry office so call today to schedule an appointment for a guard or for a professional teeth cleaning.
The most effective method to ensure that your child's teeth remain healthy is to bring your child to our pediatric dental office on a regular basis. We recommend doing so twice a year to give your child the best opportunity for good oral health. When visiting our office, feel free to ask questions. It is important for parents to understand everything they can about oral health and procedures that a child may need. There is a partnership where parents can contribute to the health of the child and give feedback to our dentist. Here are some questions you may want to ask at the next appointment.
What is going to happen during the exam?
We will be looking for soft spots on the teeth. Soft spots indicate that a cavity is forming. The sooner we identify the soft spots, the more likely it is that we can prevent infection or decay spreading. By providing professional cleanings and examinations twice per year, we can catch cavities in the early stages. Once identified, our pediatric dentist will make a treatment recommendation.
Is fluoride necessary?
Fluoride tends to be a hotly debated topic with parents. In our office, we know that fluoride can be useful in preventing cavities. In fact, some research has shown that cavities can be reduced through the use of in-office fluoride treatments. Given how frequently children suffer from them, this is a significant finding.
We invite questions about fluoride treatment and discussions about its benefits.
Should my child have dental sealants?
This really depends on the ridges on the chewing surfaces of their teeth. If they are particularly deep, food can become trapped there and it is difficult to get out. This can lead to an increased risk of cavities and decay. Placing dental sealants on the surface of the teeth can prevent this by creating a barrier so food never becomes trapped.
Should my child wear a mouthguard?
As a pediatric dentist office, we recommend that children who play sports have a mouthguard created to protect the teeth. Few parents realize how easy it is for teeth to become chipped, cracked or to fall out while playing sports. A mouthguard is a simple and comfortable way to protect teeth by creating a barrier between the teeth and flying objects.
Find out everything you want about oral health and pediatric dentistry by scheduling an appointment with our office. We will be happy to answer any questions that you have in detail.