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Smiling girl showing off her teeth at Great Grins for KIDS - Oregon City in Oregon City, ORAt Great Grins for KIDS - Oregon City our pediatric dentists take great care in preventive dentistry for your little ones. Through regular dental cleanings and dental exams, we can help your child maintain a healthy and beautiful smile, and prevent unwanted problems like cavities. Unfortunately, tooth decay and cavities are very common, especially in children.

What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay acts like a sneaky intruder, silently undermining dental health. Tooth decay forms a sticky film known as plaque on the teeth. The thicker the layer, the greater the risk of dental disease. Tooth decay typically sets in when the enamel, the tooth's outer shield, is compromised due to a combination of acids and inadequate oral hygiene.

Here are the most common symptoms and culprits behind this oral issue:
•  Tooth sensitivity
•  Toothache
•  Visible holes or pits
•  Staining on the tooth surface
•  Bad breath (Halitosis)
•  Unpleasant taste
•  Pain while chewing
•  Swelling or pus around the tooth
•  Gum or jaw pain
•  Increased tooth mobility

What is a Cavity?

A cavity is a hole or void that forms within a tooth, as a result of tooth decay. This decay, caused by bacteria producing acid, will lead to the destruction of the tooth structure. If left untreated, cavities can progress and cause pain, infection, and potentially tooth loss.

Cavities in children are primarily caused by a combination of factors including poor dental hygiene, frequent consumption of sugary foods and drinks, and a lack of fluoride exposure. Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars, producing acids that erode tooth enamel over time, leading to cavity formation. Children may be particularly susceptible due to their developing oral hygiene habits and diets high in sugary snacks and drinks.

Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay and Cavities

•  Brush your teeth at least twice daily
•  Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash
•  Choose fluoride toothpaste
•  Don't forget to floss
•  Reduce intake of sugary foods and beverages
•  Limit snacking between meals
•  Chew sugar-free gum
•  Stay hydrated with water
•  Regular dental check-ups
•  Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
•  Avoid habits like nail-biting and teeth grinding
•  Consume acidic foods and beverages in moderation

Treatment Options for Tooth Decay

Treatment options for tooth decay and cavities include:
•  Fluoride Treatment
•  Dental Crowns
•  Dental Fillings
•  Dental Sealants
•  Tooth Extraction
•  Root Canal Therapy

For children, we most often recommend dental sealants, to protect and prevent the teeth from developing cavities. This involves a simple and painless appointment, where we will paint dental sealants onto your child's molars, the teeth that are the most susceptible to bacteria collection, with their pits and fissures.

We also recommend fluoride treatment to help their teeth grow healthy and strong.

Maintaining a consistent oral care routine, including regular brushing, flossing, and using fluoride products, is crucial for preventing tooth decay. These practices help remove plaque, the primary culprit behind the development of cavities, and strengthen enamel, providing a strong line of defense against acid attacks.

Experiencing persistent toothaches or discomfort while chewing? Don't ignore these signals; they could indicate tooth decay! Our skilled professionals at Great Grins for KIDS - Oregon City are here to provide top-notch dental care tailored to your needs. Consult with our dentists for guidance on preventive treatments to halt decay progression. Contact us at 971-470-0045 or visit our website to schedule your child's appointment today.
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