Kids tooth decay is one of the most common diseases of childhood in Whittier. If left untreated, cavities can progress and reach the pulp of the tooth, which can lead to pain and discomfort. Children are more likely to get cavities because of poor diet and dental hygiene habits. It’s important to find and treat tooth decay as early as possible.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CHILD HAS TOOTH DECAY
Small children often cannot convey tooth pain and discomfort, so it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of tooth decay. You know your child best, so if something doesn’t seem right, get to Hacienda Pediatric Dentistry as soon as possible.
- Dark or white spots on teeth
- Pits or holes in teeth
- Fussiness or moodiness
- Avoiding certain foods
- Tooth sensitivity
- Holding face or jaw
- Mouth swelling
COMMON CHILD TOOTH DECAY TREATMENTS
Solea laser is an advanced new dental laser technology used by Hacienda Pediatric Dentistry that replaces the needle, drill, and scalpel in the dental office. Solea can accommodate patients of all ages and procedures of all kinds in Whittier—without the need for anesthetic in most cases.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
We are one of the first and few pediatric dental offices in Southern California to offer this revolutionary treatment option for the management of tooth decay. Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is applied directly to cavities to slow the process of decay.
Fillings are the most common treatment for cavities in children. Dr. Audrey Sheu will remove the decay and fill in the empty space with a composite resin filling. This will remove the decay and prevent the decay’s progression.
If tooth decay has reached the inner pulp of the tooth, a pulpotomy is necessary. This procedure is similar to a root canal, though the dentist only removes the coronal pulp and replaces it with medicated material to stabilize the tooth before placing a final restoration.
Sometimes the decay is severe where the tooth is unrestorable or the tooth is infected. In this instance, the tooth will need to be removed. Pediatric dentists don’t recommend removing baby teeth before unless necessary as this could lead to space loss and orthodontic issues later. It is extremely important that your pediatric dentist place a space maintainer in the event of tooth removal to prevent these orthodontic issues.
Treatments that prevent tooth decay include fluoride varnishes and dental sealants. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of the permanent molars while varnishes applied every 6 months strengthen teeth. The best preventative measure is to develop good dental hygiene in kids and visiting Dr. Audrey Sheu on a regular 6 month basis!
Fortunately, there are many treatment options for kids with tooth decay in Whittier. From a simple filling to extracting a tooth, Hacienda Pediatric Dentistry will make sure your child’s teeth will stay healthy. Remember to have your child brush his or her teeth twice a day and floss daily. We know this can be a challenge but building good habits now lasts well into adulthood!
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give us a call. If you would like more information, please visit our Hacienda Pediatric Dentistry website and Contact Us.