As kids, we all experience our first real dental procedure when it turns out we have a cavity. Dental cavities are small holes in the enamel of the teeth caused by plaque and decay. Dental professionals often treat the damage by inserting a filling into the damaged area, but new research suggests this treatment is not enough to avoid pain and permanent damage.
According to research conducted by scientists at the University of Dundee, repairing cavities and tooth decay after they have developed still reduces the health of the teeth. Instead, it is better to try and ensure tooth decay doesn’t happen at all.
At Jason Hirsh Dentistry, we offer a broad range of preventive treatments focused on keeping teeth safe from cavities. These include regular procedures like in-office cleanings, the application of dental sealants, and even fluoride treatment.
Parents, you can also keep your kids’ teeth healthy from the comfort of your own bathroom. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends everyone brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day with an age-appropriate toothpaste.
Regular cleanings eliminate plaque, a thin film of bacteria left behind by food and drink. It is plaque that is responsible for the majority of decay and cavities.
If you have young children, it is best to help them brush their teeth at home and teach them how to make healthy dietary choices. Avoiding sugar and unnecessary acid – like the kind found in fruit juice – is a great way to keep enamel healthy.
When people are young, it is easy to forget we are not invincible. The study conducted by the University of Dundee, in collaboration with other researchers, found only decay prevention was effective at avoiding the pain and infections caused by tooth decay.
Even if a child has a filling or similar restorative treatment, their chances of developing future abscesses and decay are higher than a kid who has never needed treatment.
If you want to help your kids avoid the pain and discomfort of decay, take steps at home and visit a dentist like us on a regular basis to eliminate bacteria.