Over time, the foods your child eats and his or her oral hygiene habits could increase the risk of issues like tooth decay and even gingivitis. This is due to the presence of plaque buildup. In today’s blog, your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist explains how plaque forms, and what can be done to remove or prevent the buildup.
The Causes of Plaque
When harmful oral bacteria break down and consume the particles left on and between teeth by the foods and drinks we’ve consumed, this creates a bacterial byproduct known as plaque. The buildup coats the teeth and over time, hardens into tartar. This weakens outer enamel, exposing the sensitive inner tissues to bacteria and allowing a cavity to form. The gums could become inflamed too, so the risk of gingivitis and sore, bleeding gums increases. While brushing and flossing helps limit the severity, only a professional cleaning can actually remove the buildup and prevent complications like tooth decay and gingivitis.
Removal with Cleaning Procedures
Once every six months, we want to see your child for a dental cleaning. The procedure involves using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all buildup from the surfaces of their teeth. The process only takes a few minutes, but leaves the teeth in a healthier and stronger state. The procedure is completed by the dentist polishing the teeth for a brighter appearance. Along with a lowered risk of cavities and periodontal issues, the procedure also helps fight bad breath and will brighten the teeth.
Prevention at Home
At home, you and your kids can take steps to limit how much plaque can accumulate until the next cleaning procedure. Children need to brush for two minutes in the morning, and then again before going to bed. Make sure they use a rice-sized bit of fluoride toothpaste when they do. Flossing every evening is critical too, as this removes the particles a toothbrush cannot reach before bacteria can break them down. A diet with fewer sugary and starchy foods helps, as does drinking water instead of soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks.
If you have any questions about combating or removing buildup, then contact our team today. We would love to see your little one for a checkup and cleaning! Scheduling a summer visit helps your little one start the new school in August with a better smile.
Pediatric Dentistry Of Round Rock Discusses Dental Cleanings
Pediatric Dentistry Of Round Rock knows that a clean smile is often less likely to develop harmful tooth decay or gingivitis. To find out more about how to avoid major buildup, then contact your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist, Dr. Thames, by calling 512-733-5311.