Prevention

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At Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics (APDO), our goal is to help our Scottsdale, Shea, & Grayhawk patients achieve and maintain a perfect smile. We provide high-quality pediatric dental and orthodontic treatment for your children in a family-friendly environment. In addition to early treatment, adolescent orthodontics, and adult treatment, we provide a variety of pediatric dentistry treatments to help your child keep their smile on track. The best way to protect a smile is by preventing tooth decay – and that process starts as early as the eruption of the first tooth.   

What Is Tooth Decay?

Every child is told to brush their teeth to prevent cavities. What you are really telling them is how to prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting from the interaction of naturally-occurring bacteria on the teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down the mineral content in teeth, forming a cavity.

Treating Tooth Decay

During your child’s regular checkups with their pediatric dentist, our North Phoenix pediatric dentists will take images and conduct an assessment of each tooth. If a cavity is detected, you will need to schedule an additional appointment to repair the tooth. To treat the decay, your pediatric dentists will remove the cavity and fill the tooth with a variety of filling materials. This filling process restoring the tooth to a healthy state and prevents further tooth decay. If not treated in a timely manner, nerve damage can result from severe decay and may require a crown. Preventing cavities is the most important part of a healthy smile.

Tooth Decay Prevention

The most important part of tooth decay prevention is a strict oral hygiene regimen including brushing and flossing two times a day, maintaining regularly scheduled cleanings and exams, and avoiding foods that are highly acidic or full of sugar. In addition to oral hygiene, you can prevent cavities by taking a few additional measures:

Use Fluoride

Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay and cavities. Regularly drinking water treated with fluoride and regular brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste can significantly increase your chances of preventing cavities. Your North Phoenix pediatric dentists can evaluate the level of fluoride in your primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops), if necessary.

Floss

Even with proper oral hygiene and a healthy supply of fluoride, teeth can still be at high risk for cavities depending on tooth anatomy and spacing. The closer together your teeth are, the more susceptible they are to cavities between the teeth. To combat this, flossing twice a day becomes extremely important.

Sealants

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Molars have deep grooves and depressions that form on the chewing surface. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are located on the biting surface of the back teeth. To protect against these cavities, we can use a special preventative treatment called dental sealants. This involves applying a thin layer of a clear resin material to the susceptible teeth. The resin seals off the enamel of teeth, protecting them from harm by bacteria and acid. Sealants last several years and will be monitored at routine dental appointments.   


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Regular Dental Cleanings

In addition to the suggestions above, it is essential to regularly visit your North Phoenix pediatric dentist for cleanings and checkups. Your dentist can monitor sealants, detect early indications of tooth decay, and offer professionally applied fluoride to help prevent cavities.   

Contact Your Scottsdale & North Phoenix Pediatric Dentistry Team Today!

Preventing tooth decay is one of the most important parts of developing a healthy smile. Let our North Phoenix pediatric dentists help your child in this lifelong process. If you have more questions on how to prevent cavities or wish to learn about our dental treatments, please contact us. You can also request an appointment online to meet with your North Phoenix pediatric dentist. We've helped countless patients throughout the Scottsdale, Shea, & Grayhawk areas achieve a beautiful smile, and we would be happy to do the same for your child. We can't wait to hear from you!