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At this time, parents are very aware of the health of our children and it is common to take them to the children's dentists regularly.
But there are parents who even taking their children to the dentist regularly and following the hygiene and dietary guidelines recommended during their visits are surprised when the pediatric dentist detects several cavities in any of the check-ups. Why is this happening? Are there enamels or teeth more prone to cavities?
Effectively, there are teeth more prone to cavities. These are the main factors that favor early cavities:
- Composition of saliva that depending on the pH can favor the development of cavities. The pH of the mouth changes after brushing the teeth, so it is recommended to do it after every meal and if it is not possible to do it immediately, chew sugar-free gum.
- Children who breathe through their mouths and leave it open for a long time They also tend to have swollen and red gums and develop cavities more frequently due to dry mouth.
-The anatomy of the teeth is not the same in all patients. There are children who have molars or teeth with deep grooves (incoming and outgoing lumps) in which food debris accumulates more easily and from which it is difficult to remove them during conventional brushing, these teeth are prone to more cavities. And there are teeth that by their anatomy have some cracks in which the development of caries is much more frequent than on completely smooth surfaces. (It is in these teeth that it is recommended to make the famous sealants to cover those grooves avoiding the accumulation of food debris and facilitating their removal during brushing).
- The 'quality' of tooth enamel is not the same in all children when we talk about milk teeth, nor in adults when we talk about permanent teeth. There are teeth that have suffered bumps or alterations during their formation that cause decalcification, they are usually teeth that have areas of a different color more whitish or yellowish - matte even brown. These areas of the teeth are more porous, with less protection against cavities and they retain more food debris.
- Children who have to wear some type of device either orthodontics (to move teeth), orthopedics (to move bones) or space maintainer (to keep the space of a lost tooth until the eruption of the permanent tooth). These devices make hygiene difficult to some extent, so it is advisable to take extreme hygiene measures during treatment. And also rinse with fluoride supplements at certain times.
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