At NOVA Dental Anesthesia, we are concerned with all aspects of preventive care. We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are space-age plastics that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth. This is just one of the ways we will set the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.
Most of the time cavities are a result of a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing, so limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their food and the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.
Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time, the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities.
Consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a difference, as thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats food high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva, which creates more of the acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
- Watch what your child drinks.
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.
The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth, and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will follow. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old, at which time your child should have all 20 teeth.
Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Don’t worry if some teeth seem to be a few months early or late—all children are different.
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth, but they facilitate chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason, it is crucial to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.
Caring and compassionate, Dr. Alfaqih works with our energetic, enthusiastic, and experienced staff whose exceptional care ensures kids will look forward to returning to our office again and again. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with your children!