Children’s Cavities | How to Keep Your Kid’s Teeth Healthy

Children’s Cavities | How to Keep Your Kid’s Teeth Healthy

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Why do we fix cavities in baby teeth when
they’re gonna fall out? That is a very common question that I get. The thing that I think parents don’t realize
is that kids tend to lose their front 8 teeth between the ages of 6 to about 8, and then
there’s this 2-year span where nothing happens. So parents often think, Oh those teeth are
all gone, all baby teeth are gone. And then when 10 hits, all of a sudden those
last 12 baby teeth start coming out. So if your child is diagnosed with a cavity
when they’re, say, 7 years old, they still have baby teeth in the back that are supposed
to last them until they’re 11 or 12. So how we go about treating those cavities
when they’re diagnosed is, one thing we can offer is nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. Nitrous oxide what it does is it raises that
pain threshold, so kids usually are able to tolerate just a little bit more, so that we
can get everything fixed. So that may be something you want to ask your
dentist when a cavity is brought up. Another option is just something called Tell,
Show, Do. So that’s when a dentist takes the time and
shows them every single thing that we’re gonna do before it’s performed. Another option that is offered by many pediatric
dentists in the St. Louis area is something called general anesthesia. It’s often not proposed unless there is a
lot of dental work needed. And sometimes we do this if we just don’t
think the child can psychologically handle 4 visits to the dentist. There comes a point where it just comes to
be too much and we do our best to make sure that the dentist and child relationship remains
positive for the rest of their life. Getting a cavity filled doesn’t have to be
a scary experience. The best thing you can do yourself is, take
a deep breath and rely on the dentist that you’ve chosen for your child to make sure
that it’s a comfortable experience.

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