The tooth colored filling material known as composite resin has multiple uses. Bonding, cosmetic enhancements, and repairing dental decay are a few of the ways your children’s dentist will repair and improve your child’s appearance.
Chipped or severely stained teeth can be improved to make those dental maladies virtually disappear. For decades, cavities were filled with dental amalgam; a large amount of natural tooth was removed around the decay to make room for the silver filling material.
With today’s tooth colored filling material, much less of the biological tooth is removed to complete the repair. This allows the tooth to maintain strength and stability following treatment.
The resin material used in pediatric dentistry is plastic based and perfectly safe. There are no hazardous chemicals used to make or apply the filling material. It goes without saying that preventing the need for dental fillings is optimum. However, if dental decay is present, your children’s dentist will prepare the tooth and complete the procedure making it virtually impossible to detect.
The ideal age for a first visit with pediatric dentistry is twelve months. Your child will receive an exam and the parents have a perfect opportunity to discuss what they can do to maintain their child’s dental health.
Recommendations to help prevent tooth stain and dental decay would include brushing your child’s teeth with an age appropriate tooth paste and soft bristle tooth brush daily. Introduce flossing by gently flossing your child’s teeth daily.
Never put your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything but water. Formula, milk, and juice all contain sugar that could linger in your child’s mouth for hours. Just like with adults, sugars from food and beverages consumed can build on teeth leading to the formation of plaque.
Plaque build-up is a leading contributor to dental decay and gum disease. Ineffective or insufficient daily oral care can impact your child’s teeth. In addition to daily care, there are treatments that can help prevent dental decay.
The surface of your child’s teeth can be treated with a dental sealant. The sealant is applied to the surfaces of your child’s teeth sealing the areas of the tooth where decay is prevalent.
Your children’s dentist is available to treat whatever is needed to keep your child’s oral