Preventing and treating caries, gingivitis, & other oral diseases in children
Cavities (also called dental caries) and gum disease are two of the most common oral health problems worldwide, and unfortunately, they do not only affect adults. Kids are susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay as soon as their first tooth emerges. At Mona Dental for Kids in Spring, Texas, we work with families to help ensure that children get a healthy head start free from cavities, gingivitis, and other oral diseases.
Tooth decay is widespread in children, and most kids require at least one dental filling for a cavity during their childhood and adolescence. Baby teeth have thinner and softer enamel than adult teeth, making them more susceptible to the effects of bacteria, plaque, and tartar. The good news is that cavities are easy to treat when caught in an early stage through routine dental examinations. However the cavities are contagious and can spread and affect more primary teeth or the new permanent teeth. Modern dental techniques and fillings are very effective at treating decay and restoring the shape and function of the tooth. Even though baby teeth do eventually fall out, Dr. Houshiar may recommend treating cavities in your child’s primary teeth, particularly if they have a cavity in a tooth that will not fall out for several years.
Gum disease is primarily a bacterial infection of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on teeth at the gum line. At its earliest stage, gum disease is called gingivitis, and it is both preventable and treatable through diligent brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. However, if gum disease is left untreated, it can advance to a more serious stage called periodontitis that is incurable and can cause severe damage to the teeth, gums, and underlying bone that holds your child’s teeth in place. Some early signs of gum disease include:
- Pink or red gums
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding during brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
- Tenderness in the gums
- Loose teeth
At Mona Dental for Kids, we closely examine your child’s gums during each routine check-up to look for signs of gum disease. If your child has gingivitis or more advanced gum disease, we will work with you to create a customized treatment plan based on your child’s specific needs and oral health. Dr. Houshiar uses a non-judgmental, compassionate care approach to help restore health and vitality to your child’s smile. To schedule your child’s appointment, call us at (832) 662-3008 today! We serve patients in the Spring, Tomball, Woodlands, Champions, Conroe, and surrounding areas.