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kid 4On behalf of Children’s Dentistry of DuPont, we would like to welcome you to our practice’s official pediatric dentistry blog!

From traditional dental cleanings to dental sealants, Dr. Tracy H. Takenaka and her team offer exceptional, compassionate care to children of all ages. Located in DuPont Washington, our practice is proud to serve many different communities, including the families of Joint Base Lewis–McChord. No matter where you’re from, our pediatric dentistry practice can provide your child with a head start on a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. 

Learn more about the services we offer, children’s dentistry, and other oral and dental topics by checking out our latest blog posts. Or, book an appointment at Children’s Dentistry of DuPont today. Call us at: 253-964-0150. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about getting your child started with a pediatric dentist.
 

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Dry Mouth

(Posted July 31, 2017)

Everybody gets dry mouth now and then. Sometimes temporary mouth dryness can be brought on by dehydration, stress,        or a normal reduction in  saliva flow at night. However, if your child’s dry mouth persists long past the norm, they may have a    chronic condition known as xerostomia.

What is Xerostomia?

Xerostomia is a condition that develops when salivary glands, which normally keep the mouth moist by secreting saliva, are not working properly. A prolonged lack of saliva has significant implications. First, it causes bad breath or halitosis. Second, it can be harder to eat with a dry mouth. Tasting, chewing, and swallowing may also become difficult. As a result, your child’s nutrition could be negatively impacted. And third, a dry mouth creates ideal conditions for tooth decay to grow. This is harmful to your child’s dental health. Saliva plays a key role in keeping decay-causing oral bacteria in check and neutralizing the acids these bacteria produce. It is this acid that erodes tooth enamel and starts the decaying process.

Possible Causes

There are several possible causes for xerostomia, including:

  • Medications — Medications are responsible for a major amount of dry mouth cases. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there are more than 500 medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) that cause dry mouth. The medications with the highest correlation to dry mouth are antihistamines (for allergies), diuretics (which drain excess fluid), and antidepressants. Chemotherapy drugs can also cause dry mouth.

  • Radiation Therapy — Radiation of the head and neck can damage salivary glands—sometimes permanently, causing a dry mouth condition to develop. Radiation to treat cancer in other parts of the body, however, will not lead to dry mouth.

  • Disease — Some systemic (general body) diseases can also cause dry mouth. Sjögren's syndrome, for example, is an autoimmune disease characterized by the body attacking its own moisture-producing glands in the eyes and mouth. Other diseases known to produce dry mouth include diabetes, Parkinson's disease, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS.

  • Nerve Damage — Trauma to the head and neck can damage the nerves involved in the production of saliva, thus causing dry mouth as well.

 

Getting Relief

If your child suffers from dry mouth and she/he is taking any medication regularly, it's possible that a physician can suggest either a substitute or adjust the dosage of the medication to relieve dry mouth symptoms. If this is not possible, or has already been tried without success, here are some other ways to counteract dry mouth:

  • Sip Fluids Frequently — This is particularly helpful during meals. Make sure what your child drinks contains minimal sugar and isn't acidic, as these will both increase the risk of tooth decay. All sodas (including diet sodas) should be avoided, as they are acidic and cause harm to the tooth surface.

  • Chew Sugarless Gum — This will help stimulate saliva flow. Choose a type of gum that contains xylitol, a natural sugar substitute that can help protect against tooth decay.

  • Avoid Drying/Irritating Foods and Beverages — These include toast, crackers, very salty foods, spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks.

  • Use a Humidifier — Running a cool-mist humidifier at night can be soothing to children suffering with dry mouth.

  • Use Saliva Stimulants/Substitutes — There are prescription and over-the-counter products that can either stimulate saliva or act as a substitute oral fluid. Our DuPont and JBLM kids dentist can give some recommendations during your child’s next appointment.

  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene — Make sure your child brushes his or her teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste; this will remove bacterial plaque and add minerals to strengthen the teeth. Don't forget about flossing!

  • Maintain Regular Dental Exams/Cleanings — If your child suffers from dry mouth, it's especially important that he or she maintains regularly scheduled visits with your local DuPont & JBLM kids dentistry. Our dentist will do her best to help relieve any dry-mouth symptoms your child is experiencing.

 

Contact Your Local Pediatric Dentistry

Xerostomia can be treated. Contact our DuPont and JBLM kids dentistry today to learn how to alleviate dry mouth symptoms and to schedule your child’s next visit with our skilled children’s dentist! 


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Tooth Sensitivity

(Posted June 27, 2017)

tooth sensitivity 2All parents want their children to have beautiful smiles, but pediatric dental care goes beyond helping teeth look good. At Children’s Dentistry of DuPont, we are proud to provide expert, exceptional pediatric dentistry services to children throughout the DuPont, Steilacoom, Lacey, Olympia, and Yelm areas, as well children who are a part of the JBLM community.

We believe every child deserves a smile he or she feels proud of, and our pediatric dentist, Dr. Tracy Takenaka, and her highly trained staff work with patients to customize treatment plans that meet their needs. While much of the care we provide focuses on preventing cavities or repairing damaged teeth, sometimes we need to address other types of dental problems, including tooth sensitivity.

Why Are Teeth Sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity is a surprisingly common problem, affecting more than a third of the US population at one point or another. Unlike normal tooth pain, which refers to the constant ache you might get from a cavity, tooth sensitivity usually occurs when teeth are exposed to certain stimuli like cold, heat, pressure, sweetness, or acidity.

The problem arises from the anatomy of the tooth. Beneath the hard out layer of a tooth (the enamel) is dentin, which makes up the majority of the tooth itself. Dentin contains nerves and tiny tubules that transmit messages down to the root of the tooth where the soft, fleshy dental pulp resides. If dentin is exposed directly to external stimuli without the protection of enamel, it can cause pain.

While enamel normally covers and protects dentin, it may be exposed for a number of reasons, such as:

Enamel only covers the upper surface of the tooth, so it doesn't extend below the tooth roots. If the gum line recedes low enough to expose the tooth roots, the dentin there may be vulnerable to external stimuli.

Acids from sodas, sports drinks, and certain foods can erode the surface of the enamel. The acids work to soften the outer layer of the enamel, and if you brush your teeth while the enamel is in this softened state it may wear down over time and expose dentin. To avoid this, always wait an hour or so after drinking anything acidic before brushing your teeth – or just avoid consuming sodas and sports drinks entirely.

Tooth decay can also be a problem. Naturally-occurring bacteria in the mouth can interact with the foods we eat to produce corrosive acids, which eat away at enamel. If the enamel wears down enough, it may expose the dentin, producing sensitivity.

Sometimes just having dental work done can cause temporary tooth sensitivity. For instance, because dental fillings interact directly with dentin, they may cause sensitivity for a few days while the tooth adjusts.

How to Treat Sensitive Teeth

For most patients, tooth sensitivity is a minor issue and can be dealt with at home. If your child is experiencing minor tooth sensitivity, the first thing you can do is try and adjust your child’s brushing style. When brushing the teeth, it is important not to be too aggressive or brush the same area for too long. Additionally, make sure your child is using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, which builds the strength of enamel. You may also want to consider getting your child a toothpaste that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth, although it may take 4 to 6 weeks to feel its effects.

In some cases tooth sensitivity lasts long enough or gets intense enough to warrant professional treatment – and Children’s Dentistry of DuPont is here to assist. We can use a variety of treatments including concentrated fluoride varnishes, specially-formulated mouth rinses, or even bonding protective materials to the outside of the teeth. During your child’s visit to our DuPont, WA office we'll also examine the teeth to see if there is another underlying problem causing tooth sensitivity. If there is, we'll form a treatment plan to get your child back to optimal dental health.

Contact Your Local Pediatric Dentistry

While normally mild, tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects many people. If your child has been struggling with this issue, Children’s Dentistry of DuPont is always happy to help. As a premier pediatric dentistry in DuPont, WA, we've aided countless patients deal with everything from tooth sensitivity to comprehensive dental repairs. If you have any questions about tooth sensitivity, our office, or your child’s dental health, we encourage you to contact us today. We're excited to hear from you, and we look forward to helping your child achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!

 

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Toothpaste

(Posted May 23, 2017)

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Toothpaste: it's something most people use every day, but rarely give much thought to—except, perhaps, when choosing from the brands that line the drugstore shelf.

When facing that daunting shelf and presented with the dozens of products boasting different benefits (“whiter teeth,” “fresher breath,” “prevent gum disease,” etc.) you may start to ask yourself some important questions, like:

  • Is there a difference between types of toothpaste?
  • What is your toothpaste made of?
  • Does it really do what it promises on the box?

To answer those questions, let's take a closer look inside the tube.

Active Ingredients

The dentally-driven have been pursuing means to keep teeth healthy and bright for centuries. As early as the era of the ancient Egyptians, tooth-cleaning substances have been recorded. Though unlike today’s specially formulated branded toothpastes, early mixtures contained

 ingredients like crushed bones, pumice, and ashes. Most modern toothpastes, meanwhile, utilize three key active ingredients to clean teeth and prevent decay: abrasives, detergents, and fluoride.

  • Abrasives help remove surface deposits and stains from teeth and make the mechanical action of brushing more effective. They typically include gentle cleaning and polishing agents like hydrated silica or alumina, calcium carbonate, or dicalcium phosphate.
  • Detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate help break up and dissolve substances that would normally be hard to wash away. If you brush your teeth vigorously, detergents tend to produce a type of bubbly foam in your mouth.
  • Fluoride is the vital tooth-protective ingredient in toothpaste. Whether it shows up as sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride, or sodium monofluorophosphate (MFP), fluoride has conclusively proven to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay.

Specialty Ingredients

Besides these active ingredients, most toothpastes contain preservatives, binders, and flavorings. These extra ingredients prevent the toothpaste from drying out, separating, or tasting awful. Additionally, specialty toothpastes have ingredients designed for achieving specific purposes (those benefits some brands may call out on the box).

  • Whitening toothpastes generally contain special abrasives or enzymes designed to remove stains on tooth surfaces. Whether or not these toothpastes will work depends on why the teeth aren't white in the first place. If it's an extrinsic (surface) stain, whitening toothpastes can be effective. But intrinsic (internal) discoloration may require professional teeth whitening.
  • Toothpastes for sensitive teeth often include ingredients like potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, which can block sensations of pain. Teeth may become sensitive when dentin (the material within the tooth, which is normally covered by the enamel or gums) becomes exposed in the mouth. These ingredients can make brushing less painful, but it may take a few weeks to really notice the effects.

Choosing a Toothpaste

The most important aspect of selecting a toothpaste brand is making sure it has the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance on the label. This seal lets you know that the toothpaste contains fluoride and that the manufacturer’s claims about the toothpaste have been independently tested and verified. Past the ADA seal, pick a toothpaste that best reflects the benefits which will serve your oral and dental hygiene goals.

Importance of Oral Hygiene

No matter what toothpaste you go with, remember that at the end of the day it’s not the paste or the brush that keeps the mouth healthy; it’s the hands that holds them. In other words, for teeth to stay healthy and beautiful, how you brush and how often you brush is just as important as the type of toothpaste that you brush with. So read up on the proper practices of oral hygiene and schedule an appointment with Children’s Dentistry of DuPont for your child’s next equally important professional dental cleaning now!

 

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Gimme the Lowdown on Gum Disease

(Posted May 8, 2017)

toothPeriodontal disease—more commonly known as gum disease—ranges from simple gum inflammation to serious disease symptoms that result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth.

People usually don’t show signs of gum disease until they are in their 30s or 40s. Men are more likely to have gum disease than women. Although teenagers rarely develop periodontal disease, they can develop gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease.

Some of the warning signs of gum disease, include:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

Causes of Gum Disease

In most cases gum disease develops when enough plaque builds up along and under the gum line. How does this happen? Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless plaque on teeth. Brushing and flossing helps get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form tartar.

Stages of Gum Disease

  • Gingivitis: The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the greater chance the bacteria have to inflame the gums. With gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen, and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings from your dentist.
  • Periodontitis: When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis. In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed as a result.

How to Have Amazing Oral Health

Oral health is part of overall good health. Keep up your oral and dental health with great oral hygiene habits and regular visits to Children’s Dentistry of DuPont for professional cleanings. Contact our office today to book an appointment!

 

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Mouthguards

(Posted April 24, 2017)

mouthguardsYou will often hear your child’s pediatric dentist stress the importance of protecting your child’s teeth from the harm of decay and disease. However, it is just as important to protect your child’s teeth from external force and trauma—everything from teeth grinding to obtaining an injury during a sporting event.

For best protective measures in these types of situations, Dr. Tracy Takenaka—your trusted DuPont, WA & JBLM pediatric dentist—recommends the use of mouthguards.

About Mouthguards

Mouthguards protect the teeth, jaw, and the soft tissues of the tongue, lips, and cheek lining.

Types of Mouthguards

Mouthguards can be classified into two main categories:

  • Sports Mouthguards – used to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as football, basketball, hockey, boxing, karate, or any other activity where you may be hit in the mouth.
  • Nightguards – used by patients who grind or clench their teeth at night; these nocturnal mouthguards protect the teeth and bite during your sleep.

Sports Mouthguards

Whenever your child engages in intensive, potentially dangerous physical activity, it is important that he or she wears the right protection. For football players that means a helmet. For soccer players that means shin guards. For skateboarders that means elbow pads. But for all these activities, and many others, the quintessential protective accessory is the sports mouthguard.

According to the American Dental association, 30% of all dental injuries are sports related. By engaging in physical activity without a sports mouthguard, your child is at risk for:

  • Broken Teeth
  • Chipped Teeth
  • Fractured Jaws
  • Concussions
  • Broken Braces/Brackets
  • Root Damage to Teeth

Nightguards

Research shows that up to 1/3 of the population exhibits teeth grinding/clenching (typically at night while sleeping). When teeth grinding/clenching becomes chronic it can cause permanent damage to your child’s teeth. Over time it wears down the surface of the teeth, which then leaves the soft dentin beneath the enamel exposed and vulnerable. As a result, your child could experience:

  • Chipped Teeth
  • Tooth Flattening
  • Tooth Loss
  • Damaged Fillings.

Additionally, grinding/clenching the teeth at night can cause your child to wake up with headaches, tooth pain, and a sore jaw. Never fear though; nightguards can alleviate pain, protect teeth from harmful long-term effects, and offer immediate relief to sleep stress.

Get Your Mouthguard Today

Children’s Dentistry of DuPont wants to help protect your child’s teeth from harm and pain whenever possible. If you feel your child needs a sports mouthguard for protection during physical activity, or a nightguard to treat teeth grinding and clenching, please contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment with our DuPont, WA and JBLM pediatric dentist today. Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Dental Sealants 

(Posted April 10, 2017)

 

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At Children’s Dentistry of DuPont, we strive to provide expert dental care in a fun, friendly, and easygoing environment. 

Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Tracy Takenaka, works hard to treat every patient on an individual basis, creating comprehensive, personalized treatment plans that achieve great dental health and confident smiles. 

Since we specialize in safeguarding the smiles of young patients, we do a lot of work watching out for dental development; sometimes that means applying dental sealants

 

Protecting a Vulnerable Area

The chewing surfaces of the molars are the areas most vulnerable to cavities and decay. Full of nooks, crannies, and crevices, they are perfect places for bits of food and bacteria to hide in, and are virtually impossible to completely clean with a toothbrush. This makes them highly susceptible to plaque and tartar formation. 

Since children tend to eat higher amounts of sweets than adults, and baby teeth aren't as resistant to cavities as adult teeth, it is important to do everything you can to protect your children’s teeth. Dental sealants are a big part of this. Sealants are a safe, effective, FDA-approved treatment, which involves coating the chewing surface of the molars with a thin, transparent layer of resin. This thin layer of resin creates a barrier between teeth and bacteria, protecting the dentin from corrosive acids and cavities. 

The Dental Sealants Process

Applying dental sealants is a simple procedure that provides a highly effective barrier against cavities. Your DuPont, WA pediatric dentist can place a sealant in just one visit. That treatment process looks like this:

  • Before starting, our dental team performs a through examination of the teeth, searching for dental decay. 
  • If any decay is found, we'll carefully remove the decay and sterilize the tooth. 
  • Then we’ll fully clean and sterilize the teeth of any remaining bacteria or plaque.
  • After cleaning the teeth, your pediatric dentist will apply a solution to gently roughen, or "etch," the surface of the teeth. This will help the resin adhere.
  • Next, a thin coat of liquid resin will be applied to the teeth using a brush.
  • We'll use a specialized curing light to help the resin harden, which takes about a minute.
  • Once hardened, the sealants are good to go!

Caring for Sealants

Even though the resin will protect them, sealed teeth still require thorough and consistent care and oral hygiene. Your child will need to continue brushing and flossing every day, and he or she still needs to see a pediatric dentist for regular professional cleanings. Dental sealants will last up to 10 years, and although we'll need to monitor them for wear and tear, they'll help to reduce your child's chances of cavities by up to 70%!

Contact Your Pediatric Dentist 

With proper care and diligent oral hygiene, dental sealants can help keep your child's teeth healthy, strong, and free from cavities and decay. If you'd like to find out more about how dental sealants can help your child, feel free to call us at (253) 964-0150 or reach out to us through our contact page

 

 

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Foods That Are Good for Your Teeth & Why

(Posted September 22, 2016)

BerriesWe all know that a healthy, balanced diet is critical to overall health; but did you know that diet has a huge impact on teeth? You may not realize it, but certain foods can contribute to things like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, while others can reinforce the integrity of your teeth and help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

To help guide your daily nutrition decisions, here is little about a few foods that are good for your teeth and why.

High Water, Crunchy Foods

(Celery, Apples, Carrots)

Crunchy foods with a high water content help in two ways. First, chewing them makes your mouth produce more saliva, which naturally cleans and strengthens teeth. Second, because they're crunchy, they act as a natural abrasive agent, helping to scrape off food particles and gently scrub the surface of your teeth.

High Antioxidant Foods

(Nuts, Berries, Other Fruits & Vegetables)

Antioxidants are virtual cure-all health elixirs, but there's one function that makes them perfect for healthy gums: they act as anti-inflammatory agents. Inflammation is one of the major contributing factors to early-stage gum disease, so a diet high in antioxidants is great for helping keep gums healthy.

Low-Fat Cheese

Cheese contains calcium, which is great for teeth. It also helps lower the acidity of your mouth, which is a critical factor in tooth decay. Furthermore, chewing on hard, aged cheese helps to scrub the teeth and increase saliva production.

Contact Your DuPont Kids Dentist Today

Have more questions about keeping your teeth healthy? We're here to help! Feel free to call your local DuPont children’s dentist at (253) 964-0150—proudly serving Joint Base Lewis-McChord and many other communities like Olympia, Lacey, and Yelm. You can also reach out to us directly through our contact page or our online appointment request form. We can't wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and info on keeping your teeth healthy and strong!

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Fairy, Fairy, Quite Contrary - A History of the Tooth Fairy

(Posted July 20, 2016)

 

fairyMany children are familiar with the legend of the “Tooth Fairy.” However, what fewer are familiar with is the changing international reach of the story. 

Unlike with Santa Claus, and many other famous enchanted figures, the Tooth Fairy has a much less finite image across the world. This is due to the fact that she varies in form as much as she does in specific purpose depending on your country of origin. 

There isn’t even a consensus that she is “she.” According to a 1984 study by famed children’s writer Rosemary Wells, only 74% of those surveyed in the U.S. believe that the Tooth Fairy is female. Although for the purpose of this blog, and in keeping with the accepted American consensus for the legend, we will stick with that pronoun for now.

Like the gender of the Tooth Fairy, across the world traditions revolving around her lore are just as diversely inconsistent, particularly in regards to the fairy’s species. Throughout history the Tooth Fairy has been depicted as everything from a flying ballerina to a dragon.

In many Spanish and Hispanic American cultures, for example, the Tooth Fairy is a character known as Ratoncito Pérez (or "Pérez Mouse"). Since the 1800’s, children in countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, and Uruguay have placed teeth under their pillows so that Ratoncito Pérez will take the teeth and leave a gift in return. Ratoncito Pérez is known in other Hispanic countries by different names. For instance, he is known in several regions as Ratón de los Dientes" (“The Tooth Mouse”). 

Other lost tooth traditions involving a type of “Fairy Rat” can be found in Asian and European countries where the customs on what to physically do with lost teeth also vary. In Japan, for example, children are taught to throw fallen teeth onto the roof or into the space beneath the floorboards while shouting a request that the tooth be replaced with a mouse tooth, (as mice teeth continue to grow throughout the creatures’ entire lives).

In retrospect, the Tooth Fairy is one of the mystical creatures with the most unrefined image and set of customs. But, overall, in modern culture she remains a universal symbol for quirky magic, growing up, and (if you’re a kid) the possibility of free cash.


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Encouraging Kids to Brush

(Posted May 20, 2016)

brushFor many kids, brushing teeth and practicing good oral hygiene isn’t as fun as playing in the park or watching Saturday cartoons. That’s why it’s often difficult to get children into a regular routine of thorough brushing and flossing. 

Never fear—from your local DuPont, WA pediatric dentist—here are some ways you can make oral hygiene fun and encourage your children to get in the habit of brushing and flossing every single day! 

Provide Fun Tools

There are many fun toothbrushes and toothpastes designed to appeal to children. Allow your children to pick out their own toothbrushes and toothpastes and they’ll be more likely to want to use them. 

Set a Good Example

Children often mimic their parents, so set a good example by brushing and flossing regularly, and make a point of doing it alongside your child. You’ll be spending quality time with your kids while taking care of your pearly whites at the same time!

Use a Rewards System

You can create a dental care incentive system for your children—if they brush their teeth everyday for a month, reward them with some sort of prize, like a trip to the park or extra playtime before bed. Make this even more fun for your children by allowing them to track their progress with an activity, like putting stickers on a chart. 

Visit Your Local Children’s Dentist Regularly

While practicing good oral hygiene at home is important for your children and their overall dental health, it is also important to take them to visit a pediatric dentist regularly. The kids’ dentistry specialists at Children’s Dentistry of DuPont can provide many services, from dental sealants to fillings, to keep smiles looking their best. Book an appointment today and begin encouraging your children to practice good oral hygiene habits at home! 

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Keeping Cavities at Bay

(Posted February 24, 2016)

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When you’re a kid, the main obstacle that stands between you and healthy teeth is the development of cavities. 

As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Tracy H. Takenaka wants every patient of Children’s Dentistry of DuPont to have a future filled with happy, healthy smiles. One of the best ways to ensure that is by understanding what causes the formation of cavities and what steps kids and parents can take to avoid them.

How Cavities Form

Cavities form when bacteria left in your mouth interacts with sugars and certain carbohydrates. If unattended, these will blend together and create acid production, which then results in demineralization of teeth. Demineralization causes your teeth’s enamel to lose the protective layer of calcium and phosphate that safeguards them. As consequence, cavities form in these weakened areas.

Never fear, though. There are three main ways you can help your child keep cavities at bay:

  • Limit Sweets
  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene
  • Regularly Visit Your Local Pediatric Dentist

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Cookies, candies, and sodas may be tasty treats, but their sugary nature is a main instigator behind the formation of cavities. So, while it is all right to have a sweet every so often, pediatric dentists recommend that you not allow them to become a regular part of your child’s diet.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Our pediatric dentistry practice works to help both kids and parents understand the importance of developing good oral hygiene habits from early on. As a parent, we encourage you to further boost these habits at home, making sure your child brushes at least twice a day with the age-appropriate amount of fluoride toothpaste and a soft, child-sized brush.

Regularly Visit Your Local Pediatric Dentist

It is never too early to start bringing your child to a pediatric or family dentist. From early dental care to preventative treatments like fluoride treatments (which strengthen teeth) or the application of dental sealants (which protect grooves in teeth that are prone to getting bacteria stuck in them), your pediatric dentist will help safeguard your child’s smile. 

So, don’t wait. Schedule your visit with Dr. Takenaka at Children’s Dentistry of DuPont. Make an appointment today to set your child on an optimal path for avoiding the development of cavities in the future!

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