Telltale Signs Your Child May Have Tooth Decay

kids dentist Fort WorthWhether you are looking at your child’s baby teeth or permanent teeth have begun to erupt, daily care coupled with twice yearly visits with your kid’s dentist are the best ways to ensure the oral health of your child.

Dental decay can impact the teeth of people of all ages … toddlers, children, teens, young adults, and senior citizens. Some of the symptoms of tooth decay include:

  • Discomfort – A cavity occurs when the dental enamel has been breached. If your child is complaining about pain, there could be reasons other than decay. But if decay is present, there are no home remedies that will make it go away.
  • If your child has never been to the dentist, they may be very anxious. If you suspect they are going to be upset or fearful, it might be best to have someone who specializes in pediatric dentistry respond to their dental needs.
  • Sensitivity – If a zinging sensation occurs when exposed to hot, cold, sweet, or sour your child may have active decay. Pain or sensitivity might occur when biting down as well.
  • Halitosis – If you smell a sour odor or your child complains of a bad taste, the problem could indicate infection is present. An infected tooth accompanied by pain probably will require a root canal – depending on which tooth is involved, your kid’s dentist will make recommendations about the ideal route to take.
  • Tooth discoloration – If you notice one of your child’s teeth is darkened, the nerve of the tooth has probably been damaged. This could be due to trauma, or decay is also a possibility.

Prevention is always better than having to be reactive. Dental decay is preventable … some of the helpful ways include:

  • Dental sealants – Teeth not affected by decay can be treated by painting the sealant on the chewing surfaces of molar teeth. The sealant flows into naturally occurring pits in dental enamel sealing out bacteria that promotes decay.
  • Fluoride – Dental enamel is strengthened with this component already available in tooth paste, oral rinses, and in the water we drink. Fluoride treatments are also available by your child’s dentist.
  • Brushing and flossing – A daily oral regimen should include brushing at least twice every day and daily flossing to remove what was missed by brushing.
  • Dental visits – Cleaning and a dental exam should be completed every six months.

For more tips about your child’s dental health, contact our team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today!

Dental Health for The New Year

childrens dentist Tarrant countyGreat dental health contributes to good overall health. If teeth and/or gums are plagued with decay or disease, the health of the body is going to suffer as well. The ways are evident … pain, inability to eat properly, and social issues like appearance or chronic bad breath. Many people commit to making healthy changes in the New Year. But waiting isn’t a great idea, and those changes are easy to make. For your child’s better oral health, you can start by scheduling an appointment with a children’s dentist.

If your child has reached the age of twelve months, you should be keeping their oral health in mind by taking them for their first dental check-up. At this appointment your child will receive an examination to either confirm their dental health is on the right track; or perhaps a problem or concern will be identified. Early diagnosis usually leads to a better result.

At this first appointment the caregivers are given a golden opportunity to ask questions about their child’s dental welfare. The advice given should start being followed right away including:

  • Teach your child about teeth brushing. Use an age appropriate tooth paste and soft bristle brush to keep your child’s teeth clean – brush twice each day.
  • Flossing should be done daily – teaching by example is often the easiest way so let your child watch how you care for your teeth.

You’ve followed through with this first dental appointment, so make sure your child’s oral health is a priority and keep those dental check-ups every six months. When your child experiences no dental health issues, it is easy to elongate time between appointments. However, taking chances with your child’s teeth can result in costly and time consuming treatment.

Now that you have made a plan with your children’s dentist, you can follow through on your own dental needs. Do you brush with a fluoridated tooth paste at least twice every day? Do you floss to remove what your tooth brush missed? And when was the last time you visited the dentist for a cleaning and dental exam?

Do not let a date on the calendar be your guide for maintaining your family’s dentition. Even though the start of a new year is motivation for making positive changes, the pursuit of great oral health should be ongoing every day of the year.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for your child!