An Oral Cavity Isn’t An Empty Hole

Hopefully, you’ve been teaching your children to brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss in between meals to ensure oral health until  their regular dental checkup and cleaning. Otherwise, disease that affect the teeth and gums could develop, specifically cavities.  According to National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42 percent of children 2 to 11 have had dental caries (cavities) in their primary (baby) teeth. Dr. Stewart recommends that your children continue brushing and flossing at home, attending regular dental checkups and cleanings, and potentially have dental sealants placed on their teeth to prevent cavities from forming.

The Formation Of Cavities

Dental caries or cavities result from the progressive movement of anaerobic bacteria from the outside of your tooth to the inside. Bacteria forms on your teeth as plaque, which will harden (tartar) if not treated properly with brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings. If the bacteria is allowed to maintain its position on your teeth, it will demineralize your teeth enamel, forming pockets called cavities.

The bacteria doesn’t stop at your enamel. It continues to eat away at your teeth, through the dentin, into the pulp, and down the root. 

Bacteria are microorganisms with a single motive on their agenda: thrive. 

Correcting Or Preventing

If you are concerned that your child may have a cavity, Dr. Stewart can thoroughly examine your child’s mouth for any sign of cavities. He can also treat tooth decay if discovered. 

Typically, the doctor will remove the tooth decay and fill the remaining cavity in your tooth with a biocompatible filling.

Your child may not have any cavities, which is great, but to protect their teeth dental sealants may be recommended. Dental sealants begin as liquid resin, but, if applied, form to the teeth as a non-noticeable plastic barrier. The sealant protects from bacteria and other potentially harmful substances to teeth.  

Dr. Stewart always recommends continuing good oral hygiene habits at-home, such as: brushing at least twice a day, flossing in between meals, and attending dental checkups and cleanings regularly to ensure pristine oral health.

About Dr. Stewart

As a highly experienced children’s dentist, Dr. Stewart has helped many young patients prepare for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. James Steward, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.