Tooth Decay

Caries, or tooth decay, is a preventable disease when it is treated correctly by qualified, dental professionals. While caries might not endanger your child’s life, they may negatively impact your quality of life that your child will experience.

When your teeth and gums are consistently exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, acids may form that begin to eat away at tooth enamel. Carbohydrate-rich foods such as candy, cookies, soft drinks and even fruit juices leave deposits on your teeth.

Deposits will bond with the bacteria that normally survive in your mouth and form plaque. The combination of deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth. This ends up being problematic because it usually results in tooth decay.

Sensitive Teeth

Most people don’t know that teeth will expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. That is why hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Just breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth.

We take sensitivity to teeth seriously here, and want to make sure that we can eliminate the pain that can come to your child’s teeth.

Gum Disease
When someone has gum (periodontal) disease it means that an excessive amount of plaque and calculus (tartar) have accumulated around the teeth, which causes deterioration to the surrounding area of your teeth (which can include the jaw bone). It can be characterized and identified by red, swollen and bleeding gums. If left untreated, gum disease will eventually begin to destroy the gums and bone.

Because the early stages of gum diseases are usually painless, it can be difficult to detect. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include the following:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Increased spaces between teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus around the gums and teeth
  • Receding gums around a tooth
  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Tenderness and discomfort

Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks that are associated with gum disease. Untreated gum disease is dangerous. To avoid advancement in gum disease, we focus on teaching children about the importance of good oral hygiene, eating a balanced diet, and attending regularly scheduled dental appointments.

We advise all parents to watch for the signs of gum disease and let us know if it appears that your child has early on-set gum disease.

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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the buildup of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem.

When consistent bad breath is present, it may be time to schedule an appointment with us. We are able to determine of your child’s bad breath is a result of a more serious condition that may be developing in your child’s mouth.

Canker Sores

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. Canker sores are often uncomfortable and can even be painful. There are certain foods and or chemicals that have been associated with triggering these canker sores.

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.

Orthodontic Problems

Orthodontic Treatment is one of the most basic and most effective ways to make your child’s smile into a radiant and more attractive smile. Unfortunately, this kind of treatment is usually started and performed to correct teeth that have already formed crooked or misaligned.

Thanks to advances in dentistry, we can take a more proactive approach. In years past, a developing mouth would “interfere” with corrective orthodontics. The benefit with Interceptive Orthodontics is that we can start treatment earlier and take advantage of the growth of your child’s teeth for better alignment and cooperation. In the end, this will result in fewer extracted teeth, better profile and facial esthetics and a full and beautiful smile for your children.

If you have questions regarding proactive and Interceptive Orthodontics, please give us a call. We’re always ready and willing to discuss what options we can do for your family.