What are the top children’s dentistry treatments that dentists treat? Tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, dental emergencies, gingivitis, and gum disease. Children’s dentistry offers patients dedicated oral care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special needs. Dr. Cat has been dedicated to children’s dentistry for the past nine years and knows how to help your child feel at home.
Diagnosing tooth decay in your child is done in a three-step approach with Dr. Botero and her friendly team. We first take a complete history of your child. Then, we examine your child’s mouth to assess for tooth decay signs. Following this visual assessment we take dental x-rays to get an inside look at the health of your child’s teeth.
The treatment of your child’s tooth decay–if it is found–depends on your child’s unique symptoms, his age, and his overall health. Commonly, tooth decay treatment will involve removing the decay and filling the tooth with either a direct or indirect restoration.
Tooth sensitivity in children can be a real challenge. Painful teeth can cause constant discomfort and irritability. Most causes of tooth sensitivity are due to improper oral hygiene habits. Parents can help by ensuring that their children are brushing their teeth correctly and regularly. Cavities can also cause tooth sensitivity. Pain with cavities mean the child has an advanced cavity that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Another reason for tooth sensitivity is enamel erosion. Too much acidity or sugar in the diet can lead to enamel erosion. Eroded enamel can make your child’s teeth more sensitive to cold things or sweet things. Other reasons your child may have sensitive teeth include: sinus infections, loose or cracked fillings, and erupting permanent teeth. Make an appointment to learn more about treatment for sensitive teeth.
Unfortunately, parents, it is QUITE common for your child to suffer some kind of oral trauma during their time under your care. Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can make all the difference in that experience (for you and for your child). All dental injuries require an examination by a dentist as soon as you can. Neighboring teeth can suffer unnoticed injury only detectable with a dental exam or x-ray.
When dental emergencies happen, call our office at (813) 576-0200. We will do our best to help talk you through what is going on. If you are unable to reach us, use the above tips and guidelines on what to do during a dental emergency or visit your closest hospital.
Gum disease in children seems like a far-fetched idea since the condition is more often linked to adults. But, unfortunately, it is a condition that is too prevalent in little mouths. A gum disease in children study showed that 50% of children and 66 % of young adults have periodontal disease.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, describes inflammation of the oral tissues and bone that support your teeth. Unresolved gum disease can lead to tooth loss and more serious, whole-body problems and diseases.
Involving your dentist in your child’s care this summer will help you in your goal for healthy teeth this year (and after). Dr. Botero and her friendly staff at Li’l Sunshine Smiles are here to help guide you and your child to excellent oral wellness. A consultation with our team can help identify what your child needs to keep her oral health where it needs to be. Call us today at 813-576-0200 to make an appointment and to learn more tips for healthy teeth this summer.