Tooth Decay Prevention

Do your children avoid or forget to brush their teeth every day? Many children and their families in North Ogden, Harrisville, Farr West and throughout Utah have seen the results of poor dental hygiene. At Castle Creek Pediatric Dentistry, we provide gentle care for all of our procedures or cleaning. With each appointment, we strive to educate your children on good oral hygiene to avoid future problems.

Healthy Teeth Start at Home

Kids learn from watching their parents, so brush your teeth alongside your kids before bedtime and in the morning. This will help them understand how long they should brush, how much toothpaste they need and where in their mouths they should brush. You can also make it a game to see who can brush the longest.

Turn your kids’ toothbrushes into toys. Show your kids how to brush by using a teddy bear or favorite toy orlet them try to brush your teeth. Any way you can show your children that dental health leads to happy teeth should encourage them to brush more regularly.
Regular visits to the dentist can help you gauge how well your work pays off. Daily brushing and flossing are the best ways to prevent a number of problems that can start in childhood and intensify into adulthood. These daily routines can help prevent cavities, gum disease, bad breath and sensitive teeth.

Results of Poor Oral Hygiene

Tooth Decay

Gingivitis and periodontal disease are the most common types of gum disease seen in children. Gingivitis occurs when bacteria builds up. This causes inflammation and bleeding when your child brushes their teeth. Gingivitis does not cause tooth loss and can be treated with regular brushing and flossing.
When your child’s teeth are constantly bombarded by copious amounts of starches and sugars, the plaque breaks down into the enamel-stripping acids. You can help your children avoid cavities by limiting their intake of sugary substances like sports drinks, soda, fruit juices and, of course, candy.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis and periodontal disease are the most common types of gum disease seen in children. Gingivitis occurs when bacteria builds up. This causes inflammation and bleeding when your child brushes their teeth. Gingivitis does not cause tooth loss and can be treated with regular brushing and flossing.
While not as common in children, periodontal disease results from high plaque and tartar build up around the gum line. This advanced gum disease causes the surrounding teeth and even the jawbone to deteriorate. Patients who exhibit the symptoms of periodontal gum disease will have red, swollen, bleeding gums and may have tooth loss. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the gums and bone surrounding your teeth.

Bad Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is not pleasant for anyone. It is the result of poor oral hygiene and can be made worse by foods eaten and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. Bad breath can also be a sign of other health problems.

Sensitive Teeth

Having sensitive teeth is not a fun experience. When met with sudden changes in temperature, teeth expand and contract, which causes pain in the teeth and gums. Your child may have sensitive teeth if they shy away from certain foods and drinks because they are uncomfortable to consume. The pain they feel may also cause them to avoid brushing or flossing.