Cavities, caries, and tooth decay are words used interchangeably to describe the process of enamel erosion that results in the loss of healthy tooth structure. Enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, but it’s not impervious—and once it’s gone, it doesn’t regenerate.
The process of erosion begins when the acidity of foods and beverages your child consumes combines with bacteria in their mouth. To decrease acidity, help them stick with water and choose snacks and meals with less sugar. Also, help them floss once daily and brush morning and night.
Silver diamine fluoride, or SDF, is a liquid substance made of silver, water, fluoride, and ammonia. These ingredients combined can be applied to caries to prevent them (and the bacteria that caused them) from growing or spreading to other teeth. SDF is a great option because it doesn’t require the use of a dental drill.
SDF is an affordable, safe option that can work really well for children—especially for their first set of teeth. It might not be the most desirable option for permanent teeth or front teeth, as SDF blackens the area of decay.
Our focus on prevention is all about helping children keep their teeth healthy and in their mouths, but sometimes prevention requires extraction. If a tooth has deep decay, removing it can alleviate their pain and reduce the risk of infection spreading.
Other reasons a tooth extraction might be recommended include overcrowding that would interfere with the success of orthodontic treatment, injury that causes the root to die, or impaction, which could lead to infection. If your child needs an extraction, we’ll make the process as stress- and pain-free as possible.
If you’re ready to schedule a visit for your little one, please contact your Roseville children’s dentists, Dr. Jeff McComb and Dr. Candy McComb at Adventure Kids Dental today!