With regards to pediatric dentistry, the total approach towards oral health is always the best way of considering care. The dentist’s main priority is to keep the child healthy overall, concentrating on the teeth and mouth specifically in order to accomplish these goals. Oral health has a tremendous impact on the overall health of the child, and the majority of pediatric dentists will deal with a wide variety of situations on a daily basis that can potentially have an impact on the health of the child. That being said, there are several specific conditions that are more prevalent than others in children. Probably the most common dental issue with children is tooth decay. Young children are not very good at brushing and flossing without adult supervision, and when you consider that the diet of most children in America is sugar heavy, as well as the fact that they enjoy sweet snacks and drinks, we find that tooth decay happens readily. Tooth decay is a sticky film of plaque accumulating on the surface of the teeth area acid in the plaque eats the enamel of the two of the actually wearing it away and causing cavities. Parents must supervise their children as much as possible and help them to brush their teeth in the methods that are suggested by their pediatric dentist. It is the daily routine that is the best preventative against ongoing cavities and tooth decay. This ongoing brushing and flossing on a daily basis can prevent not only cavities but also the bacteria lives in the child’s mouth can have a dramatic impact on their overall health. Teaching your child proper oral hygiene skills is the best method of preventing a decay that will cause cavities and eventually result in painful fillings. Tooth sensitivity is another problem that children face. Very commonly the tooth sensitivity in children can be caused by many factors, which ultimately means that you need to bring your child in for regular checkups so we can diagnose the issues that might be causing it before the problem becomes too large. Sensitivity will usually be found in areas that are decaying, newly erupting permanent teeth and acid are common and that brings on enamel wear. If your child grinds his teeth sensitivity can also become an issue, as well as potentially cracking the teeth. Ongoing orthodontic treatments as well as missing fillings can be a potential cause of tooth pain. Pain reduction and the restoration of the overall health of the child is our main priority, and ultimately may need a wide variety of treatments in order to accomplish that goal. If your child is experiencing pain as a result of sensitivity or decay, then the regular visits that you pay your pediatric dentist will pay dividends not only in making daily life more bearable for the child but also avoiding large situations before they become worse.
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