As the Christmas season hits, and your child gets more excited to eat the candy canes off of the Christmas tree, dental hygiene becomes extremely important to focus on. At Woodbridge Kids Dentistry in Vaughan we can help your child avoid tooth decay and potential cavities!
What is inside our mouths?
Everyday our mouths gain bacterias that live on our teeth, gums, tongue, and other places in our mouths. Some of these bacterias can be harmful causing tooth decay to occur. Tooth decay is the result of an infection with certain types of bacteria that use sugar from foods you eat all day to make acids. These acids are what affect the teeth by eating away at them and cause tooth decay to occur.
How does a cavity develop?
When a tooth is frequently exposed to acid, repeated cycles of acid attacks cause the enamel of the teeth to lose minerals. If there are visible white spots on the teeth this could mean minerals have been lost on these particular parts of your teeth. The good news, enamel can repair itself using the minerals from your saliva.
How can you prevent cavities?
Of course you can practice very strict preventative dental care habits such as; brushing, flossing, and yearly visits to the dentist. Another idea is to use fluoride to kill bad bacteria in your child’s mouth, and keep an eye on your child’s diet.
Dental sealants are another good way you can try to avoid cavities from forming over time. Sealants are thin plastic coatings painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, or molars. By using sealants the chewing surfaces of back teeth are rough and uneven because they have small pits and grooves.
If you would like to know more about how we can help your child with their dental issues, please give us a call at 905-264-1543 or click here to book an appointment with us today!