When a child has a cavity, lack of treatment could mean increasing discomfort and the onset of an infection. To treat the problem, we could offer a lifelike dental filling. In today’s blog, your Round Rock, TX, dentist talks about how we treat an aching tooth in a little smile.
The Dangers of Cavities for Little Smiles
Children are very susceptible to cavities, as they tend to enjoy lots of foods and drinks high in sugar and starch, and their limited dexterity often makes thorough brushing and flossing a difficult process. As particles from their foods and drinks remain trapped between teeth, this could increase the risk of tooth decay. Without treatments, a cavity could mean a baby tooth is lost too soon, which increases the risk of dental misalignment, as well as more severe discomfort. If your child complains about an aching tooth, let us know right away!
Composite Resin Dental Fillings
How do we treat a cavity? The process is simple and comfortable, and only takes one visit. To begin, we administer a local anesthetic and then gently remove all decay from the tooth. We clean it and then apply our metal-free composite resin filling material. We shade this to blend with the tooth and keep the filling invisible. Next, we shape the tooth as the composite resin cures under a light. The last step is to thoroughly polish the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. In one sitting, we stop discomfort and help protect your child’s smile.
Safeguarding Little Smiles
You can also help your child avoid the onset of a cavity. First, make sure he or she never goes to sleep or lays down with a bottle of milk or a sip cup of juice. Your kids also need to brush their teeth twice a day with a rice-sized bit of fluoride toothpaste. You may need to assist them, or monitor them. You can time them with a fun video or song. Flossing each evening is important too, and a floss pick may be easier for your child to use. Try to encourage your kids to drink more water and cut back on sugary foods too. Bring your children to see us every six months too, so we can help protect their smiles with a checkup and cleaning. If you have any questions, or if you want to schedule a visit soon, then contact our team today!
Talk To Your Round Rock, TX Dentist About Our Restorations
Our team wants to help stop cavities and protect your child’s smile. If you would like to find out about our restorative procedures, contact your Round Rock, TX, dentist, Dr. Thames, by calling 512-733-5311.