What is dental infection treatment?
Dental infections can be caused by a variety of different factors. The key to handling an infection is by seeking quick and adequate treatment for your child. We are able to provide care and treatment for infections and abscesses. An abscess normally forms as the body’s way of trying to keep the infection contained.
Why is dental infection treatment needed?
In children, dental infections may involve more than one tooth and usually are due to decayed teeth gum problems, or a history of trauma. Untreated dental infections can lead to pain, abscess, swelling and difficulty eating or drinking. In these children, dehydration is a significant consideration; prompt treatment of the source of infection is imperative. Dental infection in children can cause life threatening consequences if left untreated.
What are the different types of dental infections?
Generally speaking, there are two main types of dental infections. An infection that occurs above the gums can be caused by trauma to the gums, improper brushing, and even food becoming lodged between the gums and the teeth. Another type of infection is a periapical/periradicular abscess that forms underneath or around a tooth at its root and is often caused when a tooth’s pulp (or nerve) is severely decayed and infected. In either instance, the infection should be carefully cleared to prevent further problems to your child’s oral health.
What happens during dental infection treatment?
We will begin the treatment by examining your child’s teeth and mouth. X-rays are necessary so that we can see below the surface and underneath the teeth. Oftentimes, infections and abscesses can easily be seen on an x-ray. Treatment of infection includes removal of cause or drainage. Dr Abraham may prescribe antibiotics based on your child’s condition.
How can I help keep decay away?
Here are some ways that you can help keep decay away for your child:
- Clean your baby’s gums even before her first teeth erupt. Wipe them with a damp washcloth after feedings.
- Start brushing as soon as the first tooth appears. Wet a baby toothbrush and gently rub it back and forth on the surface of the tooth and along the gum line. If you use toothpaste, make sure it’s fluoride-free.
- Brush your child’s teeth for at least 30 seconds (ideally a minute) after breakfast and before bed. Lean her head on your lap and place the brush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth.
- Start using a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste when she’s 2 or 3 years old. Begin flossing teeth for him when two of his teeth are touching.
Brush your own teeth at the same time as your child brushes, and give him lots of positive feedback.
Studies have found that manual toothbrushes are just as effective as powered ones. But if letting your kid use an electric or battery-operated one makes it easier to get her to brush, go for it.
- Your child can start brushing and flossing on her own at around age 7. If she can tie her own shoes, chances are she’s ready to brush solo. She should now brush for two minutes.
- Look for food and plaque around the gum line of her teeth to see whether she’s doing a sufficient job. You can also let her chew gum with Xylitol.
If you think your child might have an infection and want to bring them in for an exam, call us today and our staff members will be happy to assist you.