Avoiding sticky, sugary foods can be difficult for our adolescent, sweet-toothed patients. But a high-sugar and starch diet is one of two primary causes of cavities. Bacteria in the mouth can also cause dental decay, forming when bacteria in plaque and tartar convert sugar into acid which in turn wears away at the enamel of the tooth. After the enamel is worn away, the bacteria and acid continue to work through the tooth, into the nerve/pulp, creating a bigger hole. There are often no symptoms of cavities, which is why it is so important to visit our South Gate children’s dentist periodically so that cavities can be diagnosed and treated early.
Cavities, also referred to as tooth/dental decay, are holes in the teeth. Cavities are the second-most common health disorder in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health, and a very common disorder worldwide. They usually occur in the teeth of children and young adults, and are a common cause of tooth loss in young people. That is why it is so important to bring your child to our South Gate children’s dentist for cavity treatment. Children’s Dental Group offers a preventative approach to cavities. We offer dental sealants for our pediatric patients, which are plastic coatings that protect the chewing surface of a child’s back teeth from decay/cavities. Food and germs can get stuck in pits and grooves in the teeth. These sealants fill in the grooves, protecting the teeth from a child’s inevitable consumption of those sticky, sugary foods. Children can get them once their permanent molars come in, before decay attacks the teeth.
Cavities are the second-most common health disorder in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. However, it can easily be prevented by scheduling regular visits with our South Gate children’s dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you schedule your child’s first oral hygiene appointment when they reach their 1st birthday. The earlier your child starts going to the dentist and practicing good oral hygiene, the sooner and better they will be smiling. Call Children’s Dental Group today to make an appointment.