Decayed teeth and children: how to cure a child from cavities, natural fillings to prevent cavities and what to do if the baby teeth are decayed
Decayed teeth and children
Milk teeth must be cleaned with the same care that is ensured for permanent teeth, because even the teeth can decay and in this case they must be treated as soon as possible by contacting the dentist. But how do you intervene on the decayed teeth in children and what can we do to prevent tooth decay? We asked Angela Galeotti, Head of Odontostomatology at the Bambin Gesù Pediatric Hospital in Rome.
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Caries in children, milk teeth
“Children’s teeth can be carious from the moment of their eruption in the mouth. Therefore it is important to start washing them as soon as the first tooth appears, at the beginning with gauze or brushes with a very small head and soft bristles, only with water, adding toothpaste when the first molar appears. It is also advisable to give children mainly water to drink and avoid fruit juices or all other sugary substances, favor a regular diet by avoiding snacks between meals as much as possible. For younger children, we must avoid putting bottles of milk or chamomile when the little one is in his bed and no longer has the possibility to wash his teeth “.
What to do if the tooth becomes decayed?
What to do if a tooth becomes decayed anyway?
“You need to take it to a pediatric dentist as soon as possible because milk teeth also need to be treated“continues the expert.” Let us remember that they are absolutely the same as permanent teeth and as such must be treated in the same way. Waiting determines the evolution of the carious process, with the consequence that the cavity enlarges and favors the accumulation of plaque and food residues that fuel the negative evolution of the process. The infection could also determine, if persistent, damage to the final tooth bud “.
Remedies for tooth decay
The tooth is decayed: how to relieve the discomfort while waiting for the dentist’s intervention?
The affected area should be kept as clean as possible; if the lesion is between two teeth, as often happens, it is necessary to try to also clean with dental floss. If the pain is particularly severe, the child can be given a pain reliever such as acetaminophen, asking the pediatrician for the right dosage.
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Revised by Francesca Capriati