There are common problems that occur for many children in the area of dentistry. Learning about tooth decay and sensitive teeth can help you know how to properly address your child’s dental needs. If your child is experiencing dental problems in Cottonwood Heights and Holladay, UT, schedule a visit with our team today! As always, we’re here to help in any way we can and we’re more than happy to answer all of your questions during your child’s next dental visit!
Caries, or tooth decay, is a preventable disease when it is treated correctly by qualified, dental professionals. While caries might not endanger your child’s life, they may negatively impact the quality of life that your child will experience, especially in regards to their oral health and comfort.
Carbohydrate-rich foods such as candy, cookies, soft drinks and even fruit juices leave deposits on your teeth. When your teeth and gums are constantly exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, acids may form that begin to eat away at tooth enamel.
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Deposits will bond with the bacteria that normally survive in your mouth and form plaque. The combination of deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth. This ends up being problematic because it usually results in tooth decay.
Most people don’t know that teeth will expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. That is why hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Just breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth. We take tooth sensitivity seriously, and want to make sure that we can eliminate the pain that can come to your child’s teeth.
Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks that are associated with gum disease. Untreated gum disease is dangerous. To avoid advancement in gum disease, we focus on teaching children about the importance of good oral hygiene, eating a balanced diet, and attending regularly-scheduled dental appointments. We advise all parents to watch for the signs of gum disease and let us know if it appears that your child has early on-set gum disease.