Childhood, when permanent teeth began to grow, is the best time to teach youngsters good oral hygiene habits and how to make wise nutritional choices. By learning how to prevent compromising the enamel, the hard substance that covers teeth, children can minimize and perhaps prevent the dental problems that plague many adults.
The most widely accepted theory is that decay is a local phenomenon, caused when mouth bacteria consume sugar and excrete acid which begins to decay enamel. Some studies have demonstrated that certain foods, medical conditions, and bacteria can initiate decay. Others consider tooth decay to be the result of systemic disease conditions that originate elsewhere in the body but have an end result of causing decay in teeth.
Pediatric tooth decay is on the rise. Some research suggests that systemic causes including radiation exposure, hormonal abnormalities, and foreign proteins in food are to blame. Hypomineralization, caused mainly by a diet inadequate in minerals, increases a child’s susceptibility to decay.
Tooth decay in children falls into distinct categories:
• Baby teeth versus adult teeth
• Anterior (front) vs. posterior (back) tooth patterns
• Contra-lateral tooth patterns
• Decay clustering
• Post-eruption susceptibility
Our pediatric wellness program begins with a three-part, comprehensive exam that checks tooth diagnosis, jaw development diagnosis, and periodontal diagnosis.
• The tooth diagnosis assesses tooth development, tooth mineralization, and decay development.
• The jaw development diagnosis examines jaw development and alignment of the teeth.
• The periodontal diagnosis is an examination for teen gingivitis.
The purpose of pediatric wellness is to prevent dental disease in children. Such dental afflictions occur in five stages:
• Stage I examines the underlying causes of a child’s dental problems.
• Stage II looks for oral susceptibility to dental diseases in teeth, gums, and jaw.
• Stage III looks for the initial indicators of dental disease.
• Stage IV is the oral-systemic metastasis stage, when dental problems have progressed to a more serious level.
• Stage V is when systemic manifestations of dental disease occur, which may be either lymphatic or obstetric in nature.
The Center for Systemic Dentistry works to address pediatric dental problems at the earliest stages, remedying the problem and preventing further dental or systemic damage later in your child’s life.
Dr. Philip Memoli and his staff are ready to repair the damage caused by childhood dental problems and ensure that our pediatric patients are committed to maintaining healthy teeth as they grow.
Call us today at (908)464-9144 or contact us via our online contact form.
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438 Springfield Ave Suite #3,, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, United States