Common Concerns

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Amarillo pediatric dentist, Dr. Metcalf, and his knowledgeable and friendly team have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to treating your child’s pediatric dental needs.

We not only provide comprehensive preventative dental care, we also strive to educate all patients and their parents about the various common dental concerns they should be aware of, such as:

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay begins with your teeth and gums consistently being exposed to products that contain large amounts of starches and sugars. These products (for example, carbohydrate-rich foods like candy, cookies, soft drinks, and even fruit juices) leave deposits on your teeth, which bond with the bacteria in your mouth, forming plaque. Deposits and plaque then combine to form acids that may damage the mineral structure of your teeth, thus leading to tooth decay.

Some Important Things to Note:
Though it may not endanger your life, tooth decay can have very real, very negative effects on the quality of your life. However, tooth decay is a completely preventable disease that patients can avoid with regular and thorough dental/oral hygiene practices and routine appointments at our Amarillo, TX dentist’s office.

Sensitive Teeth

Did you know that teeth react to changes in temperature by expanding and contracting?

Many of our patients complain about the pain and irritation they experience as a result of hot and cold food and beverages. This tooth sensitivity is a result of several factors. For example, over time:

  • Tooth enamel can become worn down
  • Gums may recede
  • Teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and thereby irritating nerve endings

Gum Disease

Gum disease (also referred to as periodontal disease) causes inflammation, tooth loss, and bone damage.

It begins with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. In the early stage of gum disease, (also called gingivitis), gums can bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist.

One indicator of gum disease is consistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided with a consistent oral hygiene regimen consisting of daily brushing and flossing.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are small sores inside the mouth. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced through the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes and topical agents.

To check if you have a canker sore, look for a white or gray base surrounded by a red border.

Bad Bites

A bite that does not meet properly may be genetic, but in some cases it may be acquired. Bad bites can result from:

  • Extra teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Crowded jaws
  • Misaligned jaws

Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, can also lead to bad bites.

Contact Our Amarillo Office Now!

With today’s advancements in pediatric dentistry, your child will not only receive quality care from Dr. Metcalf and his wonderful team at Children’s Dentistry of Amarillo, you will be at ease knowing that they are always in good hands.

Contact us in our office directly, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Metcalf online today. We look forward to meeting you and your kids!