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Not all the factors that influence the development of cavities are related to oral hygiene. Also influences the Ph of the child's saliva, the inflammation of the gums and of course, the quality of the tooth enamel.
This explains that children who barely brush develop less cavities than others who are very fond of the brushing routine, that children who spend the day pecking and eating sweets do not have a trace of cavities, to the surprise of their parents and siblings who a sometimes they suffer the opposite problem.
In children who have 'bad' enamel or tooth prone to decay prevention is essential that we get with:
- Brushing routines after every meal. We recommend that some of the daily brushings be reviewed and reviewed by parents to ensure that both the brushing technique and the time taken have been carried out correctly.
- Use of plate developers. I like the liquid better than the pills because they are easier to remove, but this is already more of a trick of mother because the effectiveness is similar and the stains on towels and mirrors are guaranteed. It is normally recommended to use them once a week after brushing.
The plaque developers mark the areas where plaque or accumulated food remains have been left, they are "sneaks" that allow the child and the parents to easily detect the areas that need to be revised or in which we need to insist more.
There are some nice flavored pre-brush rinses coming out on the market for kids to use before brushing. These rinses contain colorants that adhere to all tooth surfaces and disappear with the passing of the brush, so we can identify with the naked eye the areas that we have not reached with our brush.
- Use of fluoride rinses and toothpastes (within what is recommended for each age and by your dentist). It may even be necessary to put fluoride varnishes or trays with fluoride gel in consultation to strengthen the enamel.
- Placement of sealants on parts with complicated anatomies to brush.
- Diets with little sugar, especially refined and liquid.
- Frequent check-ups normally the pediatric dentist will recommend check-ups every 4 or 6 months to control the areas most prone to developing cavities and carry out the necessary treatment as soon as possible since in teeth with decalcification problems it is normal for cavities to advance more quickly and arrive soon to the nerve. The sooner we carry out the treatment, the better prognosis the tooth will have.
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