Early Childhood Caries

Early Childhood Caries is a tooth decay in a child under age of 6. While some children may only have one tooth that is decayed, and some may have multiple teeth that are decayed it is important to understand that tooth decay in childhood is not normal and can be prevented.

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Fluoride for Children

It’s very important to provide the fluoride treatment for children. The fluoride treatment prevents decay and helps teeth grow with a healthy dentition. Children under the age of two should not receive any topical form of fluoride due to the potential of swallowing it.

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Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

When children should first visit a dentist? Children should have their first dental checkup within 6 months of their first tooth appearance.  At this time only a visual exam can be done but early dental problems may be detected and parental questions can be answered.

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Dental Fillings

Dental amalgam fillings  have been using since the 19th century.  They are quickly becoming obsolete and not usually recommended to restore cavities any more. Instead, composite fillings introduced in the 1960, are now in use.

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Amalgam Fillings

One of the main problems with amalgam fillings is that it corrodes, releasing mercury vapor that can be absorbed into the body. In addition, the metal fillings will expand over time, putting unnecessary stress on the tooth structure. Eventually, the filling itself or the tooth structure may crack or fracture.

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Materials in Dental Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay.  Dental amalgam contains elemental mercury. It releases low levels of mercury in the form of a vapor that can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs. Dental amalgam might cause these individuals to develop oral lesions or other contact reactions.

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