In The Mouth
Regular dental professional Cleans and proper education on oral health and diet is the most important way to prevent all dental problems in children.
Brushing at home needs to be done properly, we advise parents supervise and assist with their children’s brushing until the age of 8, brushing teeth is a physical removal of plaque (full of bacteria) and food (sugar) from the teeth.
It is especially important that your child goes to sleep with clean teeth. While awake, saliva acts as a buffer and helps slow the bacterial action. When asleep, there is less saliva flow and therefore less protection for your loved one’s teeth.
Molars have deep grooves in them in which plaque, bacteria and food like to hide. This is especially true for permanent molars. At Dentist & Co, we offer sealants, protective coatings placed on molars that seal off the grooves, to prevent cavities from forming.
Sealing molars is a very important part of decay prevention. Sealants can last for several years but do wear down over time and need to be touched up.
Sealants are recommended on permanent molars (6-year molars, 12-year molars, wisdom teeth and premolars). In some cases, sealants may also be advisable on primary teeth. Please feel free to ask us if your child is a candidate for fissure sealants.
Dental decay is a multi-factorial disease. The decay process does not have an inevitable outcome, and different individuals will be susceptible to different degrees depending on the shape of their teeth, oral hygiene habits, and the buffering capacity of their saliva. All dental decay occurs from acid demineralization that exceeds saliva and fluoride remineralisation, and almost all acid demineralization occurs where food (containing carbohydrate like sugar) is left on teeth. Though most trapped food is left between teeth, over 80% of cavities occur inside pits and fissures on chewing surfaces where brushing, fluoride, and saliva cannot reach to demineralise the tooth as they do on easy-to-reach surfaces that develop few cavities.
One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay also known as early childhood caries (ECC). This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks.
Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay.
Sweet liquid pools around the child’s teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. If your child won’t fall asleep without the bottle and its usual beverage, gradually dilute the bottle’s contents with water over a period of two to three weeks. After each feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. The easiest way to do this is to sit down, place the child’s head in your lap or lay the child on a dressing table or the floor. Whatever position you use, be sure you can see into the child’s mouth easily.