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Tooth Decay

September 11, 2014
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Posted By: Dr. Natasha

For children, it’s especially important to avoid serious dental issues like tooth decay. By teaching your kids about the dangers of improper dental hygiene they can avoid painful, costly procedures and learn good habits that will keep their teeth intact for the rest of their lives.

Tooth decay involves three things: the enamel on your teeth, plaque, and sugary foods. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth, and there isn’t anything to do about that. It’s a sticky layer of bacteria that sit on top and catch the sugars from the foods you eat. These bacteria on their own aren’t going to cause you any problems, but when they interact with sugar they produce acids that will then affect your enamel—the hard outer layer that protects the tooth.

Over time, this acid can completely dissolve the enamel, leaving you with serious decay. As the enamel fades, the inner parts of your tooth become exposed leading to sever pain that can make it difficult to eat or drink.

Metals, alloys, plastics, or even porcelain must be used to fill in the decay and restore your tooth. In severe cases, a crown or a root canal might be necessary. These can be painful and expensive procedures to be avoided if at all possible, especially in children.

Tooth decay is easily preventable with the most basic dental hygiene regimen, and keeping the amount of sugar your child eats in check. By cutting down on the sweets, brushing twice a day, flossing, and scheduling regular visits to the dentist, your child won’t have to worry about decay.

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