Tooth decay results from the interaction of bacterias that occur naturally in the mouth and sugars in the diet. The sugars cause the bacteria to produce acids that break down the teeth, which forms a cavity. To avoid tooth decay, brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, attend regular dental checkups, eat healthy foods, and have fluoride treatments. Having healthy eating habits leads to healthy teeth. Snack foods that many children eat contain lots of carbohydrates. Because of this, the more frequently a child snacks, the more likely they are to develop tooth decay.
The chewing surfaces of the back teeth contain grooves that are very deep and difficult to clean properly. Even when a child is brushing regularly, their toothbrush bristles may not be capable of cleaning the grooves of the back teeth. A dental sealant is a clear resin material that is painted onto the surfaces of the back teeth by Dr. Burt and Dr. Allen. Once in place, these sealants act as a barrier to food, plaque, and acid to help protect these teeth from decay.
Dental fluoride is a mineral that can help your child’s teeth become h3er and more decay resistant. Drinking water that contains fluoride regularly can lower your child’s risk for cavities. For children who have permanent teeth forming below the gums, system fluoride is especially important, as enamel forming in the presence of fluoride is much more decay resistant once the teeth erupt. The most common way to ingest fluoride is through community tap water. In order to discover what’s best for your family, ask Dr. Allen or Dr. Burt. They can provide information about ways to provide your children with the right amount of fluoride in their diet. At All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics, we can apply topical fluoride twice a year. This strengthens the tooth structure and helps control bacteria levels that can lead to tooth decay.
Sucking is a reflex that comforts and relaxes babies and toddlers. Some children are more committed to the habit than others. Dentists prefer that children stop sucking their thumb or fingers between two and four years old. This is because aggressive or prolonged thumb or finger sucking can cause improper growth of the jaws and misaligned teeth. A pacifier is not a good alternative for a finger or thumb sucking habit, as it can affect the teeth in the same way. If you would like suggestions on how to encourage your child to kick the habit, ask our dentists in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
In some cases, home strategies do not work and the child’s teeth become affected by the thumb sucking habit. If this be the case, Dr. Allen and Dr. Burt can fabricate dental appliances to help eliminate the habit. We can show you these appliances and answer any questions that you may have when you visit our office.