Sweet treats and not brushing well can lead to decay in children’s teeth. Even though your child may be young and still have their baby teeth, it is vital to their oral health to have a dentist treat them.
Along with removing the decay, dental fillings protect the teeth by sealing the cavities in them. Our pediatric dentist at LUV Pediatric Dentistry in Sunrise, FL, can use other treatments to reverse decay.
Going to the dentist is often a daunting experience for young children. They are in an unfamiliar place with strangers probing their teeth and injecting medications into their mouths. Fortunately, pediatric dentists receive training to help their young patients feel more at ease when in the dental chair.
Whether you visit our office in Sunrise, FL, for a routine examination or a specific procedure, our dentist will thoroughly examine your child’s teeth to check for tooth decay and other dental issues. If they spot decay, they will determine the best treatment for it.
If the decay is in its early stages, then our dentist at LUV Pediatric Dentistry may recommend fluoride treatments to re-mineralize any surface damage that is present. They will usually apply a fluoride varnish that dries on the teeth to treat decay. They may also recommend a fluoride toothpaste or a mouth rinse as well.
If the decay has eaten through the enamel, then the dentist will remove the decay and fill the cavity. With today’s dental technology, dentists use lasers instead of dental drills to clean out decay. With lasers, this procedure is virtually painless.
After removing it, our dentist at LUV Pediatric Dentistry in Sunrise, FL, will let you choose between an amalgam or composite fillings. Amalgam is a mix of silver, tin, copper, and elemental mercury. Amalgam is strong and can within the forces that are necessary to chew food, so our dentist may recommend using it on the premolars and molars.
Composite fillings look white, so they blend in well with your child’s natural teeth, but they are not as strong as amalgam. By visiting our pediatric dentist biannually and teaching your kids proper dental hygiene, their teeth can stay healthy for the rest of their lives.