Pediatric dentistry is somewhat different from general dentistry for adults. During these formative years, children deserve to learn that caring for their teeth and gums does not have to be an unpleasant chore. Dr. Sona and her team go to great lengths to make our young patients feel comfortable while they are assessed for cavities and other dental conditions.
We believe that the more fun dental care is for kids, the more they can learn about how to avoid problems with dental cavities. In children in the Greensboro area and beyond, cavities are the leading disease in the body. Our goal is to help our patients understand what causes cavities and how to prevent them.
Most adults, when they were young, learned that cavities are linked to sugar. The unspoken assumption for many is that cavities are caused by sugary foods and beverages. While a good rule of thumb is to avoid too much sugar in the diet, the truth is that cavities are caused by oral bacteria.
Bacteria are a natural occurrence in the human body. In the mouth alone are hundreds of different types of bacteria. These microorganisms can be kept in a healthy balance with good lifestyle habits, healthy food choices, and excellent oral hygiene. When lifestyle, oral hygiene, or diet become inconsistent, the imbalance in the flora of the mouth makes bacteria accumulate in the mouth, leaving acidic byproducts on teeth, which promotes cavities.
Cavity prevention is straightforward for the most part. Dr. Sona educates her patients on the ways to reduce oral bacteria through effective oral hygiene practices and healthy eating habits. The activities that aid in the prevention of cavities will differ based on the age of the patient. For instance, parents are responsible for the care of their infant’s oral health. Even before teeth erupt, bacteria are present in the mouth. Oral hygiene before the eruption of teeth consists of gently cleaning the gums and tongue with a moist, soft cloth. Once children become more responsible for their own brushing and flossing, parental supervision, guidance, and encouragement ensure that oral hygiene is performed sufficiently for optimal results.
Our team tailors care, including cavity prevention, to your child’s needs. Call (336) 383-1482 today to schedule your consultation.