Everyday at Little Fish Dental we get asked about preventing cavities. The BEST action to prevent and catch cavities before they get big are regular dental check-ups. Seeing Dr. Trout every6 months means that problems are spotted before they become a big issue. "Watch" areas can be treated using some of the treatments talked about below.
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Parents are frustrated because their kids brush and floss consistently, eat a healthy diet, and drink lots of water, but they still get cavities. Sometimes, there are habits that parents aren't aware of that can lead to cavities. Letting a baby fall sleep with formula or juice in a baby bottle, rather than water. A before school, in school, or after school sugary snack that isn't rinsed with water. Processed foods - flour and sugar, of course - contribute to decay as well but are often overlooked as the culprits. Crackers, white bread, white rice, cookies, cake, donuts, overly processed granola bars, fruit roll-ups, sugary, white flour (aka no whole grains) breakfast cereals, yogurt, ice cream...the list could go on and on.
Genetics also play a big role in cavities. While they aren't as big of a risk as you have been led to believe, genetics do play a role, especially for certain types of decay. If you or your child is suffering, and you would like answers about your oral DNA, Little Fish Dental can test you for your specific oral bacteria, the risks associated with it, and your best preventive treatments. Dr. Trout has a wealth of information she custom tailors just for you based on this report. It is very individualized and designed for parents that are seeking optimal health for their families.
You may also be interested in an ozone treatment, which have been used effectively in Europe for treatment and prevention for decades, but are lesser known in the United States. Ozone kills the bacteria in the mouth, including the bacteria that causes dental cavities. Dr. Trout can help you determine if this will benefit your child.
Also, check that your child’s multi-vitamin contains minerals. As the body is attempting to re-mineralize the affected teeth, it needs minerals to be available in the body. As with all supplements, Dr. Trout highly recommends using products that are pharmaceutical grade. The children’s multi-vitamin offered by Douglas Laboratories, Ultra Preventive® Kids, available in Grape or Orange. Patients of Dr. Trout may order directly from Douglas Laboratories. Please call the office at (916) 435-9799 to receive an email set of instructions on how to order from Douglas Laboratories directly.
Finally, Theodent toothpaste and Theodent 300 Clinical Strength may be appropriate for your child. These toothpastes contain an ingredient called Rennou which has been proven effective at remineralizing teeth. Theobromine, an ingredient found in chocolate, is the ingredient that helps to strengthen teeth, and these toothpastes are chocolate flavored. It sounds different but the taste really good! This toothpaste is leading the way for innovation in stronger teeth. For more information, please check out their website at www.theodent.com.
Mouth health begins at home with consistent brushing and flossing. Most Americans use only 18 inches of dental floss a year. This is approximately how much should be used each time you floss! In other words, most people do not floss enough. Even the most habitual brushers and flossers need to maintain a twice yearly schedule of dental cleanings and checkups.
It is important to know that research shows a connection between oral health and heart disease, diabetes, premature infants, low birth weight, and Alzheimer’s. Regular check-ups allow us to screen for any potential issues not just of the teeth and mouth, but of the whole body health.
Health in the body begins with oral health because it is the origin of what we ingest in our bodies: food, water, and oxygen. As kids develop and grow proper jaw and tooth development are critical for a proper functioning body. A healthy diet is the foundation that true health is built on. This starts with a diet full of nutrient dense vegetables, seeds, nuts, beans, whole grains, and prebiotic and probiotic rich foods, time spent outside in the sunshine, exercise, and plenty of pure water. The key is consistency. Habits that endure over time are what build or destroy our health.
It is important to know that research shows a connection between oral health and heart disease, diabetes, premature infants, low birth weight, allergies in children, ADHD and many other medical conditions. Regular prevention care allows us to screen for any potential issues. Dr. Trout is your best resource for helping to maintain and treat your child’s oral and airway health. Her extensive knowledge and continuing education are brought to serve the best interest of your child.
With a foundation of nutrition and proper pH balance in the mouth, the focus shifts to effective nasal breathing. Parents are often incredulous when told that people – and KIDS – do not know how to breathe properly! If you start to watch you’ll quickly notice the common practice of shallow, shoulder raising breathing. A proper breath focuses on bringing oxygen into the lungs, which should extend the abdomen, creating a “Buddha Belly”, and pausing, allowing for the body to complete its exchange. Breathing properly can do wonders for overall health.
Mouth breathing is often a symptom of a problem that needs addressing. If the nasal airway is blocked, it leads to less efficient absorption of oxygen in the body. Mouth breathing can result in a dry mouth that in turns creates a more acidic environment, which then can become periodontal disease, halitosis, or even chronic throat and ear infections. Mouth breathing may also be an indication physical abnormalities are occurring as the child grows. Some of the indications that this is occurring include long, narrow face, narrow mouth, gummy smile, crowded teeth, overbite or underbite, and poor posture. It can affect the child’s growth, especially if they are disrupted during their sleep at night.
Digital x-rays help minimize the amount of radiation during the procedure and allow visualization of teeth surfaces not visible with the naked eye. These images of the teeth, supporting bone, and gums, are stored in your child’s file for future reference. Digital radiography is faster, safer, and more environmentally friendly.
MI Paste is a prescription paste available in two varieties. One contains calcium phosphate and fluoride while the other has only calcium phosphate for those that elect not to use fluoride. Either of these will help to re-materialize and strengthen your teeth. We recommend using MI Paste to help rebuild weakened enamel and to reduce the appearance of demineralized white spots after specialized treatment.
NOTE: MI paste contains whey made from milk. MI paste is not recommended for those with dairy sensitivities, allergies, or those who avoid dairy.
This is a preventative treatment. When adult molars erupt, the small grooves are not completely closed and your child’s toothbrush cannot effectively clean these grooves. Sealants involve the placement of resin material that fills in the grooves on the chewing surface of your child’s permanent molars. This prevents food and bacteria from becoming trapped in the grooves, which may result in cavities. The 2017 Cochrane review of dental sealants summarized information from 38 separate studies involving 7924 young people, to whom a variety of dental sealants were used for preventing caries. It found evidence that applying sealants to the biting surfaces of the back teeth reduced cavities when compared to not using sealants. The sealants used in our office are BPA free.
You may read the article here: https://www.cochrane.org/CD001830/ORAL_sealants-preventing-tooth-decay-permanent-teeth.