Advanced tooth decay, in the form of cavity, requires a filling to preserve your child’s natural tooth and restore full function to their smile. But did you know that early-stage tooth decay can sometimes be reversed before it develops into a cavity?
At Austin Pearls Pediatric Dentistry, we emphasize the value of patient education and good oral health habits. Good patient compliance at home means we are able to recommend conservative dental care at our office instead of more complex treatment!
The Power of Early Action
Tooth decay are areas of weakened enamel. The enamel is suffering from demineralization, which means it has lost minerals that are necessary to keep it strong. To stop the decay from developing into permanent areas of damage, or holes called cavities, the enamel must experience more remineralization than demineralization.
Your child should do the following to promote remineralization and discourage demineralization, and thus reverse early-stage tooth decay and prevent cavities:
- Brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time
- Use fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Brush their tongue every day
- Floss at least once a day
- Visit us for routine professional dental cleanings, checkups, and fluoride treatments
- Consume a balanced diet
- Limit sugary and starchy foods
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid sugary chewing gum
Protecting Your Child’s Precious Enamel
There’s no way to regrow tooth enamel once it is gone. That’s why we stress the importance of preventive dental care. It’s crucial to maintain superb oral health habits and to act early and quickly to improve them if decay is developing.
Pediatric dental care is our passion. If you’d like more tips on how to prevent decay or if your child needs a dental cleaning and checkup, please contact our team today at Austin Pearls Pediatric Dentistry! We’d be delighted to hear from you.
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