My child brushes and flosses every day, how did he get cavities?

You are not alone! Let’s face it, after a long day at school and activities, brushing your child’s teeth at night can be a struggle. Sometimes they fall asleep before you can get them to brush their teeth or they cry the entire time during the process. What most parents don’t know is brushing and flossing alone will not prevent cavities. Adhering to a strict dental hygiene regimen that includes brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental checkups, diet control and fluoride treatment will avoid unnecessary decay.

Tooth Decay also known as a cavity is preventable! Carbohydrate-rich foods, such as candy, cookies, soft drinks and even fruit juices, leave deposits on your teeth. Those deposits bond with the bacteria that normally survive in your mouth and form plaque. The combination of deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth and eat away at tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.

Should you fix baby teeth since they will fall out anyways

Yes! Baby teeth just like adult teeth have a nerve that can feel sensations such as hot and cold. If not taken care of and a deep cavity progresses to the nerve, a child can experience pain, swelling, and infection. Furthermore, cavities can cause a multitude of real-life issues for children including low self-esteem, difficulties with chewing/eating, speech, and even potential for crowding of permanent teeth in the future.

If I can’t get him to sit in the dental chair for a check-up, there is no way he will be able sit calmly to fix the cavities!

A common concern for patients is how the dentist is going to complete the dental treatment if the child is fearful of the dentist, or just too young to sit long enough throughout the procedure. There are times when traditional approaches to treatment are insufficient to calm or soothe an extremely apprehensive or fearful child. The dentist may recommend your child to use sedation methods, such as sedation dentistry at American Pediatric Sedation Center or hospital dentistry at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. We understand that as a parent, it may seem scary to get your child’s dental treatment completed using sedation medication to help calm the child.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

At American Pediatric Sedation Center, we practice sedation dentistry with a board-certified pediatric dentist who has a sedation license along with a physician anesthesiologist. Safety is our number one concern, which is why we have two providers who are extremely skilled in sedation to provide the best care for your child. The goal of sedation is to have all of your child’s dental treatment completed in one appointment, with your child being relaxed and having little to no recollection of the procedure itself. In this way, the patient can have a positive experience while visiting the dentist and furthermore, since treatment can be completed in one visit, it allows treatment to be completed in a timely manner so that cavities don’t progress.