Tooth decay is the process that results in tooth structure loss. It occurs when acids are present in your mouth that destroy tooth enamel integrity. It is important to visit your pediatric dentist to diagnose the cause of tooth decay, whether it’s bacterial or dietary or both. Most of the time if caught early tooth decay can be treated quite easily without traditional drill and fill methods. If extensive tooth structure loss has occurred dental restorations/fillings/crowns/extractions may be necessary.
Carbohydrate-rich foods such as candy, cookies, soft drinks and even fruit juices leave deposits on your teeth. Those deposits bond with bacteria that in your mouth and form plaque. Dental plaque should be removed at least twice daily to reduce tooth enamel exposure to acids. If you suspect your child may have tooth decay, please call us immediately to make an appointment.
Your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth may also be a sign of other problems: tooth decay, worn tooth enamel, or gum recession. If sensitivity is severe and persistent, please call our office and make an appointment.
Gum, or periodontal, disease can cause inflammation, bone loss and ultimately tooth loss. Gum disease begins with poor hygiene and sticky films of bacteria called plaque. Early stages of disease, or gingivitis, can cause gums to bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth become loose, may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist. Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided by daily brushing and flossing. If you suspect your child may have gum disease, make an appointment with our office immediately.
Canker sores are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents. The canker sore has a white or gray base surrounded by a red border. Any one of our staff can give you some tips for minimizing the discomfort of a canker sore.