At this time parents are very aware of the health of our children and it is common to take them to the pediatric dentist's offices regularly. But there are parents who even taking their children to the dentist regularly and following the hygiene and dietary guidelines recommended in their visits are
At this time parents are very aware of the health of our children and it is common to take them to the pediatric dentist's offices regularly.
But there are parents who even taking their children to the dentist regularly and following the hygiene and dietary guidelines recommended in their visits are surprised when the pediatric dentist detects several cavities in any of the reviews. Why does this happen? Are there enamels or teeth more prone to tooth decay?
Why are there children with teeth more prone to tooth decay?
Indeed, there are teeth more prone to tooth decay. These are the main factors that favor to have early caries:
- Composition of saliva that depending on the pH can favor the development of caries. The pH of the mouth changes after brushing the teeth, so it is recommended to do it after each meal and if it is not possible to do it immediately, chew gum without sugar.
- Children who breathe through the mouth and leave it open for a long time also often have swollen and reddened gums as well as develop caries more often due to dry mouth.
-The anatomy of the teeth is not the same in all patients. There are children who have teeth or teeth with deep furrows (incoming and outgoing bulges) in which food remains accumulate more easily and from which it is difficult to remove them during conventional brushing, these teeth are prone to suffer more cavities. And there are teeth that due to their anatomy present some cracks in which the development of caries is much more frequent than in completely smooth surfaces. (It is in these teeth that it is recommended to make the famous sealers to cover those grooves avoiding the accumulation of food remains and facilitating the removal during brushing).
- The 'quality' of tooth enamel is not the same in all children when we speak of baby teeth, or in adults when we talk about permanent teeth. There are teeth that have suffered bumps or alterations during their formation that cause decalcifications, usually teeth that have different whitish or yellowish areas - even matte brown. These areas of the teeth are more porous, with less protection against decay and that retain more food remains.
- Children who have to wear some type of appliance be it orthodontic (to move the teeth), orthopedic (to move the bones) or space maintainer (to keep the space of some lost tooth until the eruption of the permanent tooth). These devices make hygiene difficult to a certain extent, which is why it is recommended to take hygiene measures during treatment. And also perform rinses with fluoride supplements at certain times.