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Cavity Detection in Allen, TX

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What is Cavity Detection?

Detecting a cavity early is important for avoiding further issues in your child's mouth. In addition to a visual exam and x-rays, Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics offers laser technology that safely lights up dental caries for faster identification. Laser detection works by utilizing a blue light that picks up irregularities in the tooth. The light will help illuminate teeth that include cavities. If a cavity is detected, one of our pediatric dentists, Dr. Yvonne Felli or Dr. Ajikwaga Felli, will create a customized treatment plan for you to care for your child's teeth and restore their dental health. Learn more information on cavity detection during your child's annual dental examination at our Allen, TX office.

What are the benefits of early cavity detection?

The importance of early cavity detection cannot be overstated. Discovering and identifying cavities early protects the child against toothaches and pain and prevents severe decay. When a cavity is found in its earliest phases, we have more treatment options and a better opportunity to protect the tooth's integrity. Early cavity detection often means treatments can be less intrusive, faster, easier to perform, and more affordable.

What Can I Expect from Cavity Detection?

After your child's teeth are professionally cleaned, we will start cavity detection. We will pass a handpiece containing a blue light over the teeth. If any cavities are found, the light will react differently and they'll be recorded on the device. Once the process is complete, we will go over what we found. In the event a cavity is detected during the exam, then we will recommend a specific treatment, as well as when it should be done. Usually, a cavity that is caught early can be fixed using a tooth-colored filling. Sometimes, another remedy (like an onlay or inlay) will be suggested, which might have to be scheduled sooner. We may also discuss treatments, like fluoride therapy and sealants, that can lower your child's risk of developing cavities.

Cavity Detection FAQ

How are cavities formed?
Cavities are formed by the gradual demineralization of tooth enamel caused by acids produced by bacteria in the mouth. Poor oral hygiene, sugary diets, and other factors contribute to cavity formation.

Why is early cavity detection important?
Early detection allows for prompt intervention, preventing the progression of cavities to more severe stages. It helps preserve tooth structure and minimizes the need for extensive dental treatments.

What are common signs of cavities?
Common signs include tooth sensitivity, pain while chewing, visible holes or pits on the teeth, and discoloration. Regular dental check-ups are crucial for detecting cavities before symptoms become noticeable.

How often should children have dental check-ups for cavity detection?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have dental check-ups every six months, starting by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth erupts. Regular dental visits allow for early detection and treatment of cavities and other oral health issues.

What can parents do to help prevent cavities in children?
Parents can help prevent cavities by ensuring their children practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, limiting sugary snacks and drinks, encouraging a balanced diet, and making regular dental visits. Additionally, dental sealants and fluoride treatments provided by a dentist can offer extra protection against cavities.

Are dental x-rays safe for children?
Yes, dental x-rays are safe for children when appropriate precautions are taken. Dentists use low radiation doses and protective measures, such as lead aprons and thyroid collars, to minimize exposure. Dental x-rays are an important tool for detecting cavities and other dental issues that are not visible during a visual examination.

Detect Decay

Sometimes, brushing and flossing can't stop a cavity from developing, particularly when children are still learning the best practices for oral health. Since cavities can cause serious tooth decay if left undetected, it is vital that you take measures to ensure your child's teeth stay healthy and their smile is shielded. Pediatric dentists Drs. Yvonne and Ajikwaga Felli supply innovative cavity detection and therapy so your child doesn't have to suffer from the long-term effects of decay. Contact Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Allen, TX to schedule a dental exam with cavity detection for your child today.

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