With 4 office locations in Texas, the team at Children 1st Dental & Surgery Center understands the unique challenges that our patients (and their parents) face. Our focus on pediatric dentistry enables us to strategize appropriate treatment plans that address the conditions that can keep many children from feeling confident or even feeling comfortable.
Dental caries is another way of describing tooth decay. This condition, categorized by age groups, should always be taken care of. Early childhood dental caries affects children from the first year of life to age five. The risk of this condition not as high if Mom maintains regular dental care throughout her pregnancy since caries can be contracted in utero. Also, there is no need to wait until your child is a certain age to start learning healthy oral care habits. Parents are encouraged to begin caring for their baby’s teeth long before the teething process begins.
We are happy to speak with you about effective and gentle oral care strategies for your infant and toddler.
Tooth Decay in School-aged Children
Most consider tooth decay as the most prevalent childhood disease of our time. Cavities can develop quickly in the acidic environment of the mouth, especially if oral care is lacking at all. Since newly emerged molars because have deep grooves in which food and debris accumulate, tooth decay is common. The depth of these pits makes it difficult to fully cleanse them with brushing alone. To reduce the risk of tooth decay in molars, we suggest dental sealant treatment. The process is quick and does not hurt. All we do is “paint” on a liquid solution which then cures to form a barrier that prevents decay on that surface.
Cavities are not only common on molars. Decay can also develop in between teeth. This is why it is important to floss for your child until he or she can perform the task independently.
As children develop, they face a variety of different dental needs. From cavities to wisdom teeth, we are here to help your family through the challenges of pediatric dental care. Contact us in Houston, Mesquite, or Grand Prairie to schedule your visit.