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How to prevent and treat dental caries of children?

How to prevent and treat dental caries of children?

Dental Caries: Prevention of dental caries is dependent upon two major factors: What you eat/drink and how well you keep your mouth clean on a regular basis. Therefore, eat healthy and avoid foods/liquids high in sugars and starchy carbs. Brush and floss properly at least twice a day. Dental caries is treated by seeing a dentist every 6 months for checkup, following advice and getting proper dental care. ...Read more

Tooth Decay (Definition)

Tooth decay is the destructive process that occurs when the acids and bacteria in the mouth demineralize and dissolve away portions of the tooth structure. This can be stopped with proper tooth care and mineralization products (like fluoride) that ...Read more


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What are ways to explain to children the prevention of dental caries?

What are ways to explain to children the prevention of dental caries?

Depends on age: Deep ding on the child's age make the explanations age appropriate because to much information for young children just confuses most of them. A basic discussion of germs eating food off their teeth and making holes is good for young ones. There are lots of books and even you tube videos to help. ...Read more

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How many shots does it usually take to numb a child before having a cavity filled? Our six year is going in to have a cavity filled, and i'd like to know how many shots it takes to numb them before the procedure. I've heard they often put children entirel

How many shots does it usually take to numb a child before having a cavity filled? Our six year is going in to have a cavity filled, and i'd like to know how many shots it takes to numb them before the procedure. I've heard they often put children entirel

That depends: On the size of the cavity and the location. Small cavities on the chewing surface of the tooth usually do not require any. Larger cavities on lower back teeth usually require 1. Larger cavities on upper back teeth usually require 2 spots. Most 6 yr olds usually do quite well if the doctor explains things properly. Each pinch is about 2 sec. Try not to let your anxiety flavor your child's experience. ...Read more

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How are young children treated for cavities? Our two year old has a cavity, for which she's going to be treated next week. We're wondering what that procedure entails for young kids and if there is anything special we need to do beforehand? Our dentist ju

How are young children treated for cavities? Our two year old has a cavity, for which she's going to be treated next week. We're wondering what that procedure entails for young kids and if there is anything special we need to do beforehand? Our dentist ju

With care: Jule, you should really talk to your dentist. A child is learning as they grow up. A good, early dental experience is key to a life time of healthy happy teeth. Pick a dentist or pediatric dentist that is skilled in the handling of small children. They have many techniques to make the experience an easy one. Set them off on the right foot and dental care will not be scary for them. ...Read more

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How are children with cavities treated? Our four year old has some very crowded teeth, and has developed a cavity. He has an appointment coming up to have it filled, but i'd like to have some idea of what the process is. Are children that young put all th

How are children with cavities treated? Our four year old has some very crowded teeth, and has developed a cavity. He has an appointment coming up to have it filled, but i'd like to have some idea of what the process is. Are children that young put all th

It is very common: Although we hate to have young ones have cavities, if they develop them early it is even more important to have them restored. Your family dentist can evaluate how your child is going to do with the procedures, and may suggest a specialist, a pediatric dentist or pedodontist, see your little one. They are amazing in their ability to restore little mouths ...Read more

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Children and cavities? Our dentist said that our five year old has a cavity. We've been doing out best to brush and floss and keep her away from sugary things, but I guess it happened anyway. What i'd like to know is, what is the procedure for filling a c

Children and cavities? Our dentist said that our five year old has a cavity. We've been doing out best to brush and floss and keep her away from sugary things, but I guess it happened anyway. What i'd like to know is, what is the procedure for filling a c

Don't: Don't be dejected that your child has a cavity. Be proud that as a conscientious parent, you are able to provide your child with good dental health care!
if the cavity is small, the procedure is similar as with adults - local anesthetic, remove decay, fill. Children, most often than not, do better than adults at the dentist's, when they are given gentle and great care.
Good luck! :). ...Read more

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How quickly can secondary caries develop?

Immediately: Secondary caries can start as soon as bacteria have a food source to produce acids and therefore cause demineralization of the tooth. That is why it is important to brush and floss after every meal and after any snacks. At least rinse out thoroughly when you cannot brush or floss and avoid foods and liquids high in sugar. Many sports and energy drinks are very acidic and can also be problematic. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop caries from growing?

What can I do to stop caries from growing?

See your dentist: Once a tooth has caries or decay it will continue to grow until the tooth is fixed by a dentist. You can stop caries before they start by brushing and flossing properly. ...Read more

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Why are chinese least prone to having caries?

Why are chinese least prone to having caries?

Inaccurate statement: Latest study: "In conclusion, the prevalence of dental caries in the deciduous and permanent dentitions of 7- to 8-year-old children was high. Deep pits and fissures in high caries risk children should be sealed. Appropriate preventive measures should be instituted. The tremendous rise in the economy of China over the last decade has increased the number of children with high caries risk. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: caries?

Dental caries is: A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and cavitation of the tooth. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to stop caries from growing?

Be thorough!: Brush all the surfaces of your teeth, from one 'back' tooth all the way to the other 'back' tooth; with small massaging motions twice a day. BUT at night (before bedtime) floss your teeth IMMEDIATELY after brushing (yeah it's messy) then rinse your mouth with water and go to sleep! This is how I Brush and floss! ...Read more

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What happens if you has caries who would you consult?

What happens if you has caries who would you consult?

See a dentist: Dental caries is the most prevalent chronic disease in the world. If cavities aren't treated, they can lead to severe toothache, infection and tooth loss. Although cavities can be fixed by the dentist the prevention of cavities is the best strategy for your oral health. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is chemicomechanical removal of caries?

Could you explain what is chemicomechanical removal of caries?

Maybe: In the nineties a product was widely sold to dentist for the removal of tooth decay. Using air abrasion and/or drilling only on enamel. Most people could be treated without a shot. Once the decay was exposed, it could be washed away with copious amounts of inexpensive solution. The remaining tooth structure could then be bonded and restored with a tooth colored restoration. Didn't work out. ...Read more

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What to do if I heard that caries is least prevalent in china. Do you know why?

What to do if I heard that caries is least prevalent in china. Do you know why?

Inaccurate statement: Latest study: "In conclusion, the prevalence of dental caries in the deciduous and permanent dentitions of 7- to 8-year-old children was high. Deep pits and fissures in high caries risk children should be sealed. Appropriate preventive measures should be instituted. The tremendous rise in the economy of China over the last decade has increased the number of children with high caries risk. ...Read more

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What are caries in dentistry?

What are caries in dentistry?

Decay: Caries is a word that is used to describe dental decay. ...Read more

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What are interproximal caries?

What are interproximal caries?

Cavities: Interproximal are cavities between the teeth. These are usually caused by lack of flossing. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate between fluorosis and caries?

How can you differentiate between fluorosis and caries?

Differentiate: Fluorosis is characterized by deep brown or black hard stains that cannot be polished away with a dental cleaning. Caries can be brown or black, is 'sticky' and is associated with a hole as the bacteria dissolve the enamel. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a caries risk assessment test?

Could you explain what is a caries risk assessment test?

Assessment of risk: It is exactly as the name states: a test to determine/assess your risk for dental caries ('tooth decay'). There are numerous factors that contribute to your risk including diet, family and social/behavioral factors. You can start the process with this link: http://mydentalscore. Com/
check it out and bring results to your dentist. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between denatl fluorosis, caries?

How do you differentiate between denatl fluorosis, caries?

Yes: Fluorosis is characterized by stains on the teeth because of high amount of fluoride...Demineralization if the breakdown of enamel, which can also be characterized by stain/change in color.

Demineralization can lead to caries (cavities), but may arrest itself and remain a "dark" spot. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do meanwhile to slow the development of this caries/cavities down?

Slow cavities: It depends on the size of your cavities and how many you have. The first and best way is effective brushing and flossing. There is xylitol containing drops, toothpaste, and candies that can slow or halt cavities. There is also rx toothpaste with extra fluoride. If you have a lot of cavities these need to be repaired or they act as seed areas to spread the decay. ...Read more

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For caries involving the pulp, is it always called pulpitis?

For caries involving the pulp, is it always called pulpitis?

Yes, pulpitis: By the definition pulpitis is a term for inflammation of the tooth "pulp". Although pulpitis can be fixed by the dentist the prevention of cavities is the best strategy for your oral health. ...Read more

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Are the dental caries infectious?

Are the dental caries infectious?

No: They are infections, but not infectious. You can' thatch or give dental cavities. If you do have cavities, caries, infected teeth, the infection is very destructive and can spread through your body. Please call your dentist before cavities become painful dangerous abscesses. ...Read more

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Can a bulimic have caries without erosion?

Yes: It depends on how long the person has been bulimic. If it has been a short time the erosion may not be evident clinically. ...Read more

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What are the dentists going to do if I have pit caries?

What are the dentists going to do if I have pit caries?

Pit Caries: Usually if they are small pits then the can be cleaned with a fissurotomy bur and sealed with pit and fissure seleants if they are larger then a filling needs to be done although a very small filling. ...Read more

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How much would I have to pay to a dentist in america if I am not insured and have caries?

How much would I have to pay to a dentist in america if I am not insured and have caries?

Depends...: There are many university affiliated dental schools that offer low cost and free dental care to people with no insurance. You'll likely be seen by a dental student with supervision from a dentist, but it sure beats having to pull the tooth yourself. There are dentists (as well as doctors) who take cash - but their prices can be highly variable. Only way to know is to call the office and ask. ...Read more

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It, s the 3rd day my boy has his first tooth. How can I clean his tooth to save from caries?

It, s the 3rd day my boy has his first tooth. How can I clean his tooth to save from caries?

Washcloth cleaning: Tooth cleaning can be done by wrapping a moistened washcloth around your finger; cradling the child with one arm while massaging the tooth and gums with the other hand. ...Read more

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What are the effects of sugar consumption on caries?

What are the effects of sugar consumption on caries?

Dynamic Relation: Sugar affects the integrity of the tooth structure, quality of saliva and lower lower plaque PH. Left untreated, caries leads to pain, tooth loss and possible health complications. ...Read more

Cavity (Definition)

Basically a cavity is a hole, or defect in the tooth structure. It is created by the demineralization and breakdown of tooth structure from the acid attack of ...Read more


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Caries (Definition)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and ...Read more