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.
Dental Caries. Treatment involves professional care with a Dentist. Prevention involves regular Dental care, proper brushing, fluoride, diet and overall good health.

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

Teeth/Bacteria/Sugar. In order to have a cavity, three factors must be present. Teeth, sugar in foods & bacteria. The absence of any one of these three factors will prevent cavities. Two of these factors are non-negotiable, teeth and food, because we need them to live. Bacteria we can do without, except it grows back every day. Decreasing sticky sugars in our food and the bacteria in our mouth prevents caries. Read more...
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...

What is the role of fluoride in prevention of dental caries?

Hardens enamel. The enzymes produced by bacteria have a harder time breaking though the enamel and setting up a cavity. Read more...
Alot. Flouride helps at many levels but it's primary way is when a acid produced by bacteria and sugar start to leach minerals out of the enamel, flouride, when found in the mouth, works its way back into tooth structure when remineralization takes place (with the help of ions in the saliva) and creates a tooth structure that is even more resistant to the acids bacteria cause. Read more...
Stronger enamel. When the ph falls below 5.5, the tooth is demineralized destroying the enamel crystals. When the ph gets above 5.5 the enamel can get repaired using the calcium and phosphate in the saliva. If Fluoride is present the, new crystal= calcium+phosphate +fluoride and is more resistant to future acid attacks. Read more...
Antibacterial . In addition to hardening the tooth enamel, as the previous answers stated, Fluoride is also antibacterial. Bacterial will be decreased and will. To stick to, the teeth as well. Read more...

Any ideas about how to explain to kids how to prevent dental caries?

C a dentist. The best way to get started on good habits in life is via a professional that specialized in the area; dentist or oral hygienist would be the best way to start, and be there with the kids. This way, the explanations and recommendations are not coming from some 'naggy' parent, but from a doc who will box their ears in, if they don't listen up. (i know, then you'll sue). Read more...
I do! The government produced curriculum "open wide, trek inside" has some great ideas. Synopsis: lots of different kind of bacteria live in your mouth. And they help us digest our food. They eat what we eat, and "poop" acid that hurts our teeth. Brushing our teeth keeps the bacteria off our teeth. Eating healthy foods means they make less acid, and toothpaste with Fluoride helps fix any acid damage. Read more...
Kids-cavities. Let them know that sugar bugs are in everyones mouth and in order to keep them from eating our teeth, we have to brush our teeth for 2 minutes and floss EVERY NIGHT! Kids that get in the healthy habit of brushing and flossing before bedtime, consistently, have far less dental problems. Read more...
That depends on the . age of the child. Start by saying you want them to have a nice smile and healthy teeth. They can help by keeping their teeth clean and eating healthy foods. If old enough you can explain that bacteria (cavity bugs) eat any extra food that is left on our teeth. This helps the bacteria grow strong and they make poison, called acid, that hurts our teeth by making cavities (holes) in our teeth. . Read more...
Prevention. My colleagues gave you some good answers. Remember that kids will imitate what they see you do. Give them healthy foods, take good care of your own teeth, work with your dentist and hygienist, and have the patience to teach your kids the best habits.. There are some apps that help little kids brush for 2 minutes . Read more...
Exposure. tell them that exposing the teeth to acids or sugar causes the start of cavities. the shorter the enamel is exposed to the acids or sugar, the less the chance for cavities. Avoid sugar, and acid, and if exposed, wash it away, brush and floss. Unfortunately, no brush bristle can get into the grooves in the chewing surfaces, so avoidance is best. Read more...
Demos. I would show kids models of "normal" and also models of decayed, broken down teeth. Then I would have spice jars filled with different amounts of sugar and had name products labeled on each one- like candy bars, soda, etc, with amount of sugar in each item. Show and tell best policy!! Read more...

Will brushing my teeth prevent the spreading of my dental caries?

Absolutely. Oral hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of caries. Diets low in sticky foods and sugars will help as well. See your dentist regularly for professional cleanings to get those hard to reach spots. Read more...
Good hygiene helps. If by "spreading", you mean, transferring from one tooth to the next, then the answer is yes. When there is active dental decay present in your mouth, then the oral environment is not as healthy as it could be. The numbers of bacteria may increase putting other teeth at risk. Improving oral hygiene will definitely help slow the progression of untreated dental decay and prevent other cavities. Read more...
Tooth Brushing. Yes! brushing can prevent the spread of dental caries. But brushing alone is not enough. You must also add flossing in between your teeth to be able to do a complete job. If you only brush, you are missing 35% of the plaque in your mouth. More than half of all cavities are found between teeth using x-rays. If you already have cavities you need them removed and teeth repaired. Read more...

Does fluoride produce fluorapatite crystals to help prevent dental caries?

Esentially yes. Your teeth are primarily made up of hydroxyapetite and they get demineralized by acidic environments created by our food and bacteria in our mouth. Fluoride replaces the hydroxide and remineralizes and becomes fluorapetite which is actually stronger and more dense helping to reduce decay and prevent continued damage. Read more...

I'm pretty sure I have a cavity on a molar in the lower left of my mouth; I can feel it with my tongue. However, I don't have dental insurance or much money right now. Is there anything I can do temporarily that might help prevent my tooth from damage?

Cavities . Cavities are full of bacteria and food, and unless the cavity is cleaned out by a dentist and restored, it only festers and the acids from the bacteria continue to soften and destroy your tooth. Trying to to temporarily fill it will not resolve the problem. The longer you leave it, the worse it will get, and the treatment you will need can potentially be more expensive. Dental treatment is least expensive when the problem is minor. Major treatment requires more time and expertise and therfore will cost more. Dental insurance does not necessarily cover all of the costs of dental care, so there will still be an out of pocket expense. Seek out a community dental clinic in your area that may be able to treat you at a reduced cost. If you can feel the cavity with your tongue, it is already moderate in size. Read more...
Cavity . Cavity does not heal by itself and need to be treated by dentist. If you can feel it by your tongue, it could be big cavity already. You need to look for service asap before if getting bad. There is free service provided by ram california include medical, dental, vision in oakland on march 22-25 and in sacramento march 30-april 2. There will be many people in line for service, so you need to be there early to get your number. They will give out number at 3:30am and start to screen at 5am, many people camp overnight to get number. You can check website www.Ram-ca.Org for more information. I am will volunteer as dentist in sacramento too. Read more...
Cavities . Cavities don't heal, and you can't minimize their growth. Can you try to find a dental school clinic or other type of lower cost clinic? If you don't treat it sooner than later it will either cost you more money- or the lost of the tooth. Read more...
Dental school . It is important to treat a cavity soon. Keeping the bacteria count in your mouth low by brushing flossing and rinsing often can help slow the process. But having it restored is the only way to stop the process. Look into dental school clinics or local hospital dental programs for low cost dentistry. Read more...
Need to see dentist. try a low cost clinic or a dental school. Read more...