Beware of a Highly Acidic Diet

pediatric dentist Tarrant CountyMany parents are unaware that a highly acidic diet can have significant consequences for their child’s smile and that even some apparently healthy foods, such as some fruits and vegetables, can be harmful if consumed in excess.

Acid can erode the enamel, causing tooth sensitivity and making the teeth more susceptible to cavities. So, if your child makes a habit of snacking on citrus fruits, for example, it can create a situation that must be addressed by a pediatric dentist. Tomatoes (and tomato products) and some berries can have a similar effect.

You don’t necessarily need to completely restrict acidic foods –especially the nutritious ones like citrus fruits—from your child’s diet. A pediatric dentist can advise you on making sure that your child gets the right balance of nutritious acidic foods in a way that won’t harm their teeth. For example, the dentist may instruct you to pair acidic foods with water, which can readily clear the acid from the mouth.

Eating foods that are lower in acid, like cheese and eggs, at the same time as consuming acidic foods may also offer some level of protection, as can chewing sugar-free gum, which stimulates saliva production.

Good oral hygiene habits can also help to safeguard your child’s smile from the effects of an acidic diet. Your pediatric dentist should be able to give your child any necessary instruction or reinforcement in this area.

Some highly acidic foods and beverages have no nutritional value, however, and should be completely eliminated from your child’s diet. Sodas fall into this category. On the rare occasions when your child does drink soda, he or she should use a straw to minimize contact between the soda and the teeth. Sugary foods can also contribute to an acidic environment in the mouth, as bacteria feed on sugars and then create acidic substances as a byproduct of digestion.

A highly acidic diet can harm your child’s teeth. Check in with our dentist who specializes in treating children to learn more about what foods to limit and what foods to encourage in your child’s diet.

Contact us at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today!

IV Sedation: Your Most Common Questions Answered

IV Sedation kids dentistIt can be hard to access kid’s dental care if your child is particularly fearful about visiting the dentist. However, IV sedation at a kid’s dentist can help your child to overcome this obstacle. Before taking advantage of this service, parents may have a number of questions. Here are some of the most common concerns of parents consider IV sedation for their children.

How does IV sedation at a kid’s dentist work?

Pediatric anesthesiologists administer doses of anti-anxiety medications that are tailored to each child’s specific needs. In addition to helping fearful patients, IV sedation may also be appropriate for children who are in need of lengthy, complex interventions when it might be hard to sit still for extended periods of time. Children with a strong gag reflex may also benefit from IV sedation.

How will my child’s safety be maintained during the kid’s dentist IV sedation?

The pediatric anesthesiologists who oversee the IV sedation have expertise in working with children and monitoring their vital signs throughout the appointment. IV sedation also is safer than general anesthesia because the airway remains open throughout the procedure and does not need to be maintained artificially as it does with general anesthesia.

Will my child have any recollection of the procedure after the appointment?

One of the benefits of IV sedation is that children have no memory of the procedure after the sedative effects have worn off. This eliminates the possibility that a bad experience will feed into an existing dental fear.

My child has special needs. Can IV sedation be used for him?

Children with special needs may be even more fearful of getting kid’s dental care, especially if they have difficulty verbalizing their feelings. IV sedation can help to calm them for the appointment.

Could IV sedation help your child get the dental care necessary to maintain a healthy smile? Call our office and speak to one of our experienced staff members to learn more about this treatment option and discuss any more questions you may have about sedation.