The Long-term Effects of Plaque Buildup

kids dental Fort WorthPlaque is a problematic substance that can lead to an increased risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Filled with bacteria, plaque is the result of oral bacteria colonizing after meals—especially after sugary or starchy foods have been consumed. Sugars and starches are oral bacteria’s source of food. If one practices proper oral hygiene, most plaque is removed by brushing and flossing. However, inadequate oral hygiene practices or diets high in sugar can lead to plaque buildup, which can harm your kid’s dental health. Since our pediatric dentists strive to prevent oral health problems, it is important to schedule regular kid’s dental cleanings and checkups along with helping your child establish healthy habits at home.

How Plaque Affects Oral Health

Plaque forms when bacteria colonize along the gum line. As this occurs, plaque will coat the gums and teeth. As a sticky, translucent substance, plaque may seem harmless but it is not. In fact, plaque buildup can inflame and irritate soft oral tissues—eventually leading to infection. Moreover, plaque buildup contributes to cavities because bacteria release acid as a byproduct when they feed and colonize. With time, exposure to acid weakens the enamel coating of teeth. Gum disease and tooth decay must be professionally treated and maintained with proper oral hygiene, otherwise, these conditions can greatly damage oral health and your child’s well-being.

Tips for Preventing Plaque Buildup

The first step for preventing the accumulation of plaque is to help your child establish a thorough oral hygiene routine. Like adults, children should brush their teeth at least twice a day. Patients should brush all of their teeth (front and back), the gums, and the tongue for at least two minutes. Children over the age of five should begin flossing at least once a day. Brushing helps remove plaque, and flossing cleans in between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. We encourage parents to monitor their family’s diets and try to eliminate sugary food whenever possible. Children should also visit our practice twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Receiving regular preventive care can help catch potential problems as soon as possible.

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How do I know if my child will need IV sedation during a dental procedure?

IV sedation kids dentist Does your child have dental phobias? Perhaps your son or daughter is generally apprehensive about receiving oral health treatment because remaining still during lengthy treatment is difficult, or the sounds of medical equipment makes him or her feel uneasy. Many children benefit from sedatives during treatment. For this reason, our kid’s dentist office offers IV sedation to help promote a relaxing and positive experience for children with fears, as well as those who have special needs. Following is some helpful information if you are wondering if your child would benefit from IV sedation.

Why types of sedation are used pediatric dentistry?

Sedation has been used in dentistry for centuries. There are different types of sedation that each offer unique advantages. Some patients only require mild sedation such as nitrous oxide gas, which produces calming and pain-relieving effects quickly. In other cases, children might benefit from taking a sedative tablet that is prescribed by our dentists. IV sedation, however, involves using anti-anxiety medication that is administered like anesthesia. This form of sedation allows children to receive treatment in a safe, comfortable environment where our pediatric anesthesiologists closely monitor the dosage and effects of anesthesia with the latest technology. IV sedation allows our team to adjust the dosage of medication if necessary so that children only receive the amount of medication required to produce the desired effect.

What are the benefits of IV sedation?

Our kid’s dentists offer IV sedation because it can improve the quality of treatment as well as our young patients’ experiences with our team members. IV sedation relieves all feelings of anxiety and nervousness while placing our patients in a comfortable, sleep-like state. If complex or lengthy treatment is needed, this type of sedation is ideal because it helps children remain still throughout treatment. IV sedation also helps reduce dental phobias since children are sleeping during treatment and will have no uncomfortable memories of unpleasant sounds or sensations.

If you think your child might benefit from IV sedation, we recommend that you discuss this option with one of our specialists. Call our pediatric dentistry practice, Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry, today to reserve an appointment with our caring staff.