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Cavities
Are cavities in children on the rise? Many people think so. But we are seeing more and more of our younger patients growing up without them.

Why is that? Well, there are a number of factors. Some may be beyond a parent's control and others involve lifestyle choices and habits that can be changed through increased awareness and education.

If your child has already had a cavity, chances are that more will occur. That's because there are probably conditions that allow them to develop. But if you are vigilant, you might be able to avoid a cavity. For instance, a white spot along the gum line can be an indicator that a cavity is forming. We can often help avoid further decay in such cases -through a combined therapy such as fluoride, mouth rinses and changes in eating habits- if we see the patient soon enough.

Another sign is plaque. If you can scrape a fingernail along your child's front teeth and remove a sticky whitish substance (plaque), your child is at greater risk of forming cavities. We recommend brushing at least twice a day so plaque can't form. Toothpaste with fluoride helps preserve essential minerals found in teeth. Be careful, though, not to put too much toothpaste on the brush and be sure your child spits it all out.

An effective preventive habit is regular dental checkups. We can assess your child's risks and help anticipate oral issues. Some children have special health care needs that we can address with special equipment and/or techniques. Others routinely take medications that make them more prone to cavities.

Regular checkups for infants and toddlers allow us to talk about appropriate diet management. Talking directly with older children gives us the chance to find out about their dental behavior and offer suggestions and advice.


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Tualatin Pediatric Dentistry
Lisa S. Yarborough, DDS
18803 SW Boones Ferry Rd
Tualatin, Oregon 97062
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Fax: 503.612.6948

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Friday from 7am-4pm


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