Parents have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to their children. Among these responsibilities is making sure that their children are in good health, and that includes a healthy mouth. Thus, to help you in your endeavor to ensure your child’s oral health, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, has created a quiz to test your knowledge of some of the more difficult dental situations your child may face.
Take the Quiz
- True or False: A cavity in a primary tooth does not require treatment.
- True or False: Kids between the ages of three and six do not typically need treatment for teeth grinding (bruxism).
- True or False: If your child breaks a tooth, you should rinse his or her mouth with warm water first.
Check Your Answers
- False. Cavities require treatment regardless of the type of tooth that sustains them. While it may seem logical to say that a primary tooth is destined to fall out anyway, the fact is that neglecting to treat a cavity in a primary tooth can lead to serious problems. Without treatment, an infection may develop, and there is no guarantee that it will remain confined within the damaged tooth. Instead, it may spread into the rest of the mouth and into the body, where it can result in illness. Additionally a primary tooth that falls out prematurely is unable to act as a placeholder for the secondary tooth. Therefore, nearby teeth may grow into the vacated area and cause orthodontic problems.
- True. While bruxism is a major concern in teens and adults, children typically do not require treatment when they grind their teeth. For kids, teeth grinding is a habit that they largely outgrow by the age of six, and during childhood, the strain of bruxism is typically not a sufficient enough threat to warrant treatment.
- True. A broken tooth is vulnerable, and bacteria are able to enter the tooth without difficulty. Thus, it is a good idea to rinse the mouth with water to remove bacteria and reduce the risk of infection.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines IA Family Dentist
Have more than six months passed since your child’s last dental cleaning? The time has come for a checkup. Contact your Des Moines IA family dentist, Dr. Johnson, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.