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The First Cavity

All parents dreams of perfect dental checkups for their children. Every time you send your child off to the dentist, you hope to hear that all-important phrase, “Look, Ma, no cavities!” Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and that means that your child may, at times, return from a visit to the dentist with news of one or more cavities. So what do you do when you hear those words… ‘I have a cavity’… for the first time? Is there anything you, as a parent, can do about this cavity, or anything you can do to prevent the next one? The good news about cavities is that they’re virtually always preventable. And, yes, there is a lot you, as a parent, can do to help your child’s next and subsequent dental checkups be cavity-free. Here are some tips from dentists about cavities, how to react to your child’s first cavity, and concrete steps that you, as a parent, can take to prevent further cavities.

Strategies to Avoid Tooth Decay

If eating your favorite foods causes you severe discomfort, then it’s time to visit your dentist. Many American’s suffer from tooth decay and they are completely unaware. Improper dental care will ruin your teeth and cause pain.  If you are someone who is generally good about taking care of your teeth, there are still a few things to know. In fact, there are certain foods that may increase your chances of tooth decay. Here you will learn strategies to avoid tooth decay.

Sugar, the Tooth Killer

Consuming too much sugar can be damaging to your health, but many times we forget how damaging sugar can be to the teeth and mouth in general. About half of kids have tooth decay by the time they are 8 years old. This can lead to a higher risk of developing tooth decay as adults. Each time sugar is consumed, the bacteria on the surface of the teeth converts to acid. This acid basically attacks the teeth and gradually destroys the outer layer of enamel which protects the teeth. This can cause very fast decay of a tooth.

Causes of Dental Pain

Most of us have experienced dental pain in our lives, for one reason or another. But just because everybody’s experienced it, doesn’t make it any less of a drag, especially if you’re the one with the pain. You might even be experiencing dental pain right now, and if you are, you need to find out the cause of that pain. Sure, you just want the pain to go away, but if you don’t find out the cause, you can’t get rid of the pain and, in fact, it’s likely to just get worse. But the potential causes of dental pain are many, and finding the cause of your particular mouth pain probably will take the expertise of a top dentist to find the answers. Following is more information on the varying causes of dental pain, as well as steps you can take to ease the pain or eliminate it altogether.

Types of Toothaches

If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know what a serious obstacle it can be to your life. Anyone who’s never had a toothache probably would consider it to be not such a big deal, but those who’s experienced toothache pain know better. A toothache can cause severe pain that can stop you from doing the things you need to do, and that’s unacceptable. There are a number of varying causes of toothaches, some that are highly preventable, and others that aren’t so preventable. The source of a toothache can be a dental problem such as a cavity or exposed nerve roots. But what most people probably don’t know is that a toothache can also be caused by outside sources, such as ear infections and even sinus problems. The following information will help answer some questions you may have about the causes of toothaches, as well as offer some preventive measures that can be taken to avoid them altogether.