Negative Effects of Brushing Too Hard

pediatric teeth cleaning Fort WorthYou may think that you’re fostering good oral health habits by encouraging your child to brush twice a day, but did you realize that if your child is using improper technique, he or she may actually be doing more harm than good? For example, if your child is brushing too hard—which is fairly easy to do—he or she can actually damage the teeth and gums.

Excessive force with brushing can cause wear and tear on enamel, which may require additional treatment from your kid’s dentist. Furthermore, such brushing technique can also create inflammation in the gum tissue, and that can result in gum disease.

The hygienist may notice these signs of overzealous brushing during a pediatric teeth cleaning. For example, gum recession will be quite evident during a cleaning, as will any damage to the teeth.

If your child complains of sensitive teeth, you should bring this to the attention of a kid’s dentist, as this condition can also result from brushing too hard. This condition also can make your child resistant to having a pediatric teeth cleaning, so you may need to reinforce the importance of this routine oral health care.

Not only does learning good brushing technique during childhood benefit a child’s smile for a lifetime, but it also may prevent the premature loss of baby teeth. Teeth that are damaged due to overly strong brushing may be more susceptible to decay or breakage, which can cause them to be lost sooner than normal. That can lead to issues with the eruption and alignment of the permanent teeth.

It’s great if your child wants to take charge of brushing his or her teeth, but it’s important to use correct technique. Check in with your child and monitor teeth brushing to make sure that it’s not being done too vigorously. You can also ask one of our expert team members for a demonstration the next time you are in the office.

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What are composite fillings?

pediatric dentist Tarrant CountyTooth decay is one of the most common childhood illnesses, so it’s important for parents to understand the restoration options that the pediatric dentist may recommend. Composite fillings are a popular method for repairing damage done by cavities.

These composite materials are tooth-colored and made up of a mixture of plastics and ceramics or glass. Composite fillings have a number of advantages over their amalgam (metal) counterparts, so the pediatric dentist may recommend this type of restoration in your child’s case.

Obviously, the most visible benefit of a composite filling is aesthetic. Composite fillings blend it with the natural shade of a patient’s tooth, while amalgam stands out and detracts from the patient’s smile. This is of particular concern for pediatric patients, as their restorations (ideally) will be in place for a number of years.

In addition to the appearance considerations, composite fillings have other benefits. The material actually can form a bond with the tooth and provide valuable support in an area weakened by decay. The pediatric dentist will not need to remove as much of your child’s healthy tooth material in order to make room for the filling.

Composite fillings are also not affected by temperature fluctuations to the degree that amalgam ones are. Those temperature changes can cause amalgam fillings to crack and fail, but that outcome is much less likely with composite restorations.

Additionally, the durability of composite fillings has improved drastically since these materials were first introduced. In many cases, they are even suitable for cavities on the large chewing surfaces of the rear molars. In some instances, however, amalgam fillings may be indicated. The dentist can advise you on what restoration material is preferred in your child’s case.

If your child has a cavity but you are reluctant to consider an amalgam filling, ask the dentist if composite materials might be a good fit in your child’s case. We encourage you to call our office to get any additional information you may need in order to make this treatment decision.