Take Care! Cavities in Kids
The enamel on baby teeth is thinner than on the permanent teeth that kids get later on. That makes them more suscepitble to getting cavities. The children’s dentist at Just For Kids Dentistry in Las Vegas fills a lot of cavities in children, always with mercury-free white fillings.
Cavities happen when foods with carbohydrates are left on the teeth. The bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth converts them into acids that, along with saliva, form plaque. Over time, the acids in the plaque eats away at the enamel, causing cavities.
The white fillings that we use blend in with the color of your child’s natural teeth, so they won’t be left with the unsightly silver of traditional metal fillings. They also don’t have the mercury found in metal fillings. Mercury is a known toxin, and while metal fillings still have the approval of the American Dental Association, we don’t want to take any chances with our young patients, and you probably don’t want us to, either.
Since that thinner enamel on baby teeth makes them more likely to get cavities, you’ll want to be sure that you child develops good dental care. Teach them proper brushing procedures at an early age. If you need any tips at all, don’t hesitate to ask us when you bring your child in for a checkup.
It’s an excellent idea to avoid, or at least minimize, certain foods. Things high on our watch list include milk, soda, candy, and fruit juices. Dried fruit like raisins can be a problem, too, because they’re so sticky. It may be inevitable that you child will eat some of these foods, making regular brushing and flossing extrak-important.