Teaching Your Children About the Dentist
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Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.


Teaching Your Children About the Dentist

Cavity Repair: Answering Two Common Questions Asked By Patients

Alfred Kelley

Developing a cavity in your tooth is a common problem that can strike your teeth at any age. Unfortunately, this is a dental problem that can have major impacts on both your appearance and comfort. While it is usually simple for your dentist to repair this type of tooth decay, you may not be well-informed about the repair options or how to prevent infection from occurring. By learning the following two questions regarding this type of tooth damage, you will be a more informed patient, which will lead to you making smarter decisions and avoiding some complications. 

Is A Drill Always Needed To Repair Cavity Damage?

There is a common assumption that repairing a cavity will involve your dentist drilling on your tooth. While this was a required step for many years, you should be aware that there are treatment options currently available that may allow you to avoid this unpleasant aspect of repairing a cavity. 

Drill-less cavity repair uses a special porcelain paste to repair the weakened area of the tooth. Once dried, this paste becomes incredibly hard, which will allow it to fill the role of the damaged enamel. While it is not necessary to drill the tooth, your dentist will need to remove the damaged portion of the enamel before applying this paste. To do this, they will use a manual tool that is designed to gently scrape away the decayed portion of the tooth. This is necessary to allow the paste to form a solid bond with the tooth, and while it may not sound like a lengthy repair, it is often completed in a matter of minutes.

How Can You Minimize The Chance That Your Decayed Tooth Becomes Infected? 

Unfortunately, there may be times that you will have to wait several weeks or longer before you will be able to get the tooth repaired. While this is not recommended, it can be a simple fact of life for those without dental insurance. If a cavity is not repaired relatively quickly, it is possible for an infection to develop that can cause major problems for you because it may enter the bloodstream, which would allow it to spread throughout the body. 

To help reduce the odds of this problem developing, you should use an antibacterial mouthwash throughout the day. If you ever find yourself without mouthwash, you can make a saltwater solution that can be used, but this may be the more painful option. This should be done in addition to your normal brushing and flossing. 

Suffering from a cavity can be a painful and embarrassing problem to have. By knowing that you do not have to have your teeth drilled and how to minimize your tooth developing an infection, you can better understand this routine but potentially serious dental problem.