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As a parent, when deciding to bestow your child with orthodontics, each of you must be aware of cavities. This form of tooth decay is common when the mouth isn't adequately taken care of, and from consuming sugary beverages or sticky foods. Ideally, if a child has developed cavities before receiving braces, they'll need to be filled by a dentist throughout treatment. If you're considering orthodontics for your young one, Dr. Andrew Cheifetz, Dr. Agata Bartels, and Dr. Grace Hannawi-Tadros are eager to inform you about our options in our Amherst, NH, Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire and Orthodontics TOO.
Do Braces Increase the Risk of Cavities?
When the traditional route is chosen, brackets and wires make brushing and flossing more of a challenge. It's necessary for your child to practice a thorough and diligent oral care routine, otherwise, a cavity might slip its way into the enamel. Establishing healthy habits during orthodontic treatment will prove beneficial during, and in the end.
How to Prevent Cavities with Braces
When your child starts wearing orthodontics, it's critical to help them take care of their teeth. You should encourage them to brush these dental appliances after eating their favorite snack or drinking their favorite soda. In our Amherst, NH office, we can provide them with interdental brushes to help reach those tight spots, but regular floss works just as well to remove leftover particles that can cause cavities.
When to Consider Orthodontics
Reasons to contemplate braces range from enhancing confidence to improving dental health. Straight teeth are healthy teeth, and they also make someone want to show off a smile. In our Amherst, NH, Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire and Orthodontics TOO, our dentists offer Invisalign, rose gold, conventional, and porcelain orthodontics. To determine which is best for your child, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Andrew Cheifetz, Dr. Agata Bartels, or Dr. Grace Hannawi-Tadros. For more information about the services provided in the office, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call (603) 673-1000.
It’s important that decay is detected and treated right away to prevent complications.
Tooth decay, the cause of cavities, is one of the most common dental disorders around, and it affects people of all ages, from children to senior citizens; fortunately, tooth decay is preventable with the proper oral care. From our office in Amherst, NH, pediatric dentists Dr. James McAveeney and Dr. Andrew Cheifetz are experts in treating dental decay—read below to learn about the warning signs of decay and how to prevent it from happening to your child.
How do I know that my child has tooth decay?
Decay can present differently for each child; however, there are some pretty reliable signs and symptoms that indicate your child should be checked out by the dentists at our Amherst office. One sign is a white spot or spots on a tooth. This is usually the beginning stage of decay.
As the decay progresses, the white spot will turn brown, and it will continue to get darker until a hole develops. Along with this warning sign, your child may also complain of tooth sensitivity, particularly to hot or cold foods and drinks, as well as general dental pain. If your child is experiencing any of these issues, you should schedule an immediate appointment with us.
Who is at risk for developing tooth decay?
Anyone can develop tooth decay since we all have bacteria in our mouths that can cause cavities. Of course, there are certain risk factors that can increase your child’s likelihood of developing decay. These risk factors include,
- A diet that is high in sugar and starches
- No fluoride treatment
- Poor oral hygiene
- Dry mouth
All children, no matter their risk factors, should come in every six months for routine checkups. This is the best way for us to detect problems early on. After all, a child may have a cavity and not even know it. Since warning signs aren’t always present it’s important for the health of your child’s smile to visit your pediatric dentist twice a year.
If you suspect that your child might be dealing with tooth decay it’s better to play it safe and to schedule a consultation with our dental team here at Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire. Call our Amherst office today at 603-673-1000!
Your child's dental healthcare is important. Taking care of your kid's teeth and teaching children to care for their teeth is vital. Here at Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire, your Amherst, NH, pediatric dentists Dr. James McAveeney and Dr. Andrew Cheifetz can help you.
If bacteria settles in, cavities begin to eat away at your child's teeth. That's why it's important that you help your child maintain a consistent oral regiment of brushing and flossing, as well as visiting the dentist twice a year.
Your child's first dental appointment can be nerve-wracking, but here's what you can do:
The American Dental Association recommends scheduling an appointment with a pediatric dentist when their first tooth erupts. Your dentist will examine your child's dental hygiene, growth and development.
Before the visit, make sure,
- Your child is well rested
- To keep any concerns to yourself since children can pickup on them and become anxious
- To speak positively about dental visits and avoid speaking about them in a negative context
- You talk with your child about visiting the dentist
You should expect your child's first dental appointment to include the following:
- Your doctor will assess your child's need for fluoride, and demonstrate how you should take proper dental care of your child's teeth and oral hygiene.
- Your dentist will thoroughly examine your child's teeth, jaw, bite, gums, and oral tissues to help monitor growth and development.
Braces: The purpose of braces is to fix a bad bite and malocclusions, which is when teeth are crooked or crowded. These issues are noticed between the ages of 6 and 12, so orthodontic treatment usually begins around the ages of 8 to 14, while the child's bone structure is still developing.
Sealants: A sealant is a thin coat applied to the surface of teeth, preferably the chewing surfaces. They prevent bacteria, as well as other debris, into the grooves and pits of your teeth. The procedure consists of:
- Your Amherst dentist will clean and dry your child's tooth
- Then they apply an acid gel
- Your child's tooth will become rougher on the chewing surface
- Your doctor will then remove the gel, dry the tooth and apply sealant onto the grooves
- The dentist will expose the sealant to a special dental light to harden the sealant
For any questions or concerns regarding your child's hygiene, call your dentist at Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire in Amherst, NH, to learn more about protecting your child's teeth from tooth decay and cavities.