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According to a recent survey from the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 15 percent of U.S. kids have untreated tooth decay—could this statistic apply to your child? If you are at all concerned, rest assured that Drs. David Doyle and Eric Jacobsen of Sunnyside Dentistry for Children offer dental fillings to treat tooth decay and other services and procedures that will help your children care for their smiles. Read on to find out if your child needs to make a visit to our Clackamas, OR, office!
How can I tell if my child has a cavity?
Cavities don't usually cause symptoms when they're small, but as they grow larger, they may:
- Cause Pain: Does your child complain that a tooth hurts or seem to avoid chewing on one side of their mouth?
- Trigger Sensitivity: Pain that occurs when eating or drinking hot, cold, or sugary foods and beverages may be a sign that your child has a cavity.
- Change in Tooth Appearance: Light brown spots on the surface of teeth may be the first noticeable signs of a cavity. If the decay isn't treated a dentist, the spots may become darker.
White spots on teeth are another sign that your child is at risk of developing a cavity. These spots appear when the tooth enamel begins to weaken after being attacked by acids. At this stage, however, it may still be possible to prevent a cavity. Toothpaste that contains fluoride or fluoride treatment at the dentist's office may remineralize and rebuild weak areas of tooth enamel.
How can fillings help my child?
Removing the decayed portion of the tooth and replacing it with a filling material ends your child's pain, stops the decay from progressing, and makes chewing comfortable once again. If your child doesn't receive a filling, the decay may destroy the tooth or spread to nearby teeth.
Do baby teeth need to be filled?
Filling baby teeth is just as important as treating permanent teeth. Your child's baby teeth save room for their permanent replacements, and if one of these initial teeth is lost prematurely due to decay, the remaining teeth may begin to shift, leaving no room for the permanent ones to erupt.
Give us a call!
Protect your child's smile with dental fillings! Call your Clackamas, OR, pediatric dentists, Drs. David Doyle and Eric Jacobsen of Sunnyside Dentistry for Children, at (503) 855-5100 to schedule an appointment.
Dental sealants could help your child’s smile by protecting it against cavities and tooth decay. Most cavities develop in the molars and dental sealants can prevent up to 80 percent of those cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children who have dental sealants have a reduced risk of development cavities. At Sunnyside Dentistry for Children, Dr. David Doyle and Dr. Eric Jacobsen are your pediatric dentists for dental sealants in Clackamas, OR.
What Dental Sealants Do
Dental sealants help prevent cavities by protecting the chewing surfaces of teeth. The molars tend to have countless small crevices, often referred to as pits and fissures by dentists, where bacteria can become trapped and be difficult to brush away. When bacteria remains on the teeth, it can mix with food debris and saliva to produce acids that eat away at tooth enamel and cause decay. Dental sealants form a hard protective barrier over the surfaces of the back teeth so bacteria cannot become trapped and eventually lead to tooth decay.
Application of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants can be easily applied to your child’s teeth after a thorough dental cleaning. Cleaning the teeth prior to application ensures no bacteria, plaque, tartar, or other debris remains on the teeth. Otherwise, those cavity-causing agents would become trapped beneath the sealant once it is dry. When the teeth are ready, a liquid sealant material is brushed onto the surfaces of the teeth. A special light is used to rapidly dry the sealant, which helps it harden. Properly applied sealants can potentially last for a few years before needing reapplication.
Caring for Dental Sealants
Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home can help your child’s dental sealants last as long as possible. Brushing and flossing will not harm dental sealants so it is important that your child continue brushing and flossing daily to maintain healthy teeth. Scheduling regular dental checkups is also important. In Clackamas, sealants are checked and touched-up as needed during your child’s regular dental appointments at Sunnyside Dentistry for Children.
Dental sealants provide additional protection against cavities and could help your child maintain a healthier smile. For dental sealants in Clackamas, schedule an appointment with Dr. Doyle or Dr. Jacobsen by calling Sunnyside Dentistry for Children at (503) 855-5100.
Dental fillings help keep teeth strong and healthy. When children develop a cavity in a primary or baby tooth, it is important to remove all signs of decay, clean out the tooth, and seal it with a filling. The filling strengthens and restores the tooth. At Sunnyside Dentistry for Children, Dr. David Doyle is your pediatric dentist for children’s dental fillings in Clackamas, OR.
How Important are Fillings?
It is easy to dismiss the need for a filling when the affected tooth is a baby tooth that will eventually fall out. However, fillings help keep teeth healthy and healthy baby teeth can contribute to healthy permanent teeth. Signs of possible decay include tooth pain and sensitivity, as well as weak areas in the tooth or the enamel. A pediatric dentist can identify the signs of decay in your child’s teeth.
When an infected tooth is left untreated, decay can spread and progress. It is important to remove decay when it develops in order to prevent it from spreading to other areas. Treatment of an infected tooth involves removing signs of decay and cleaning the tooth. Once the decay is removed, an empty cavity remains. That cavity can leave a tooth weak and vulnerable to additional decay. Fillings are used to protect teeth from additional decay, strengthen weak areas, and restore teeth so your child can resume biting and chewing food free of pain or sensitivity.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin material that matches the color of natural teeth. Since they match the color of natural teeth, tooth-colored fillings readily blend in and are not noticeable to others. Additionally, some parents appreciate the fact that tooth-colored fillings do not contain any metals.
Dental fillings help your child’s teeth remain healthy and strong. For pediatric dental fillings in Clackamas, OR schedule an apportionment with Dr. Doyle by calling Sunnyside Dentistry for Children at (503) 855-5100.