Electronic Toothbrush: A great weapon against plaque formation

Fort Worth pediatric dentistControlling plaque buildup is an important reason for practicing proper oral hygiene. Plaque is a sticky substance that is formed from colonized bacteria and coats teeth and gums. This substance can weaken the enamel surface of teeth, and if not removed with thorough brushing and flossing, plaque will harden into tartar. Some patients prefer using an electronic toothbrush over a manual one to control plaque. This is because an electronic toothbrush is comfortable to use and can increase the amount of plaque removed when used properly. Even though electronic toothbrushes are popular among adults, children can benefit from them too. Our pediatric dentists and team encourage parents and caregivers to place a priority on oral healthcare by teaching children proper oral hygiene and scheduling regular checkups and cleanings.

Benefits of Electronic Toothbrushes

Powered by batteries, electronic toothbrushes feature automatically rotating heads that spin to clean teeth and gums. Since the heads of the brush rotate automatically, the bristles of the brush can clean more efficiently than a manual toothbrush. This is because the spinning heads turn in faster revolutions than a person manually brushing his or her teeth does. By simplifying the process of brushing teeth, a patient with an electronic toothbrush can focus on brushing for the recommended amount of time (two minutes) and making sure to clean all areas of the mouth.

Another benefit to using electronic is the fact that patients simply have to hold the brush over their teeth and gums. Instead of manually running the brush over teeth, an electronic brush eliminates the likelihood of brushing too vigorously. Brushing too hard can damage tooth enamel and inflame the gums.

The Importance of Flossing

While an electronic toothbrush can help patients of all ages achieve a full-mouth clean, flossing is still important. Flossing allows for cleaning in between the crevices of teeth that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. Once a child reaches the age of four or five, he or she should start flossing once a day.

Our pediatric dentists provide comprehensive kid’s dental care including preventive and restorative treatments. Call us at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today to schedule an appointment for your child!

Tooth Abscess: Symptoms and Treatment

childrens emergency dentistAn abscessed tooth is incredibly painful and dangerous to one’s oral health. It normally occurs on the root of a severely decayed tooth but can also form between the gums and teeth. This infection can even affect the health of the entire body. Both children and adults can develop an abscess. Treating an abscess involves seeking the care of a dental professional. Our children’s emergency dentists offer treatment for dental emergencies that include damaged teeth and severe infections.

Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth

Most of the time, an abscessed tooth produces pain and discomfort. Some patients may describe it as a toothache. This discomfort can also flare up when chewing or consuming temperate foods and drinks. Some patients may experience a bitter taste in their mouths and have persistent bad breath. Other common symptoms include:

  • Swollen or red gums
  • Tender or swollen jaws
  • Engorged neck glands
  • Fever
  • Sores on the gums that are open and draining

In some cases, discomfort related to an abscess can subside. This occurs when the abscess kills the cellular material inside a tooth. Unfortunately, the lack of pain does not mean that the condition has improved. Even if a tooth is dead, an infection can remain active and continue to destroy neighboring tissues.

Treating Abscessed Teeth

When diagnosing and treating an abscess, our children’s emergency dentists strive to alleviate discomfort and restore oral function. Common forms of treatment include root canal therapy, draining the abscess, or extracting the tooth if it cannot be saved. To manage the infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. Treating an abscess in a timely manner is very important to protecting oral health structures. Foregoing treatment could lead to further complications.

Preventing Dental Infections

We strongly encourage parents and caregivers to schedule regular checkups and cleanings with our pediatric dentists so that children’s oral health can be monitored on a routine basis. Many times, catching and treating decay early on prevents the development of an abscess.

To schedule an appointment, call our family-friendly practice today!