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25Mar2015

Her Numb Lip Feels A Little Funny!

SOMETIMES A FILLING IS THE BEST PREVENTIVE MEASURE. But for your child, returning to school with a numb lip after her dental appointment might be a new experience! You can help her understand that both you, and we, only want what’s best for her oral health.

If you’ve ever been tempted to postpone getting a filling for your child, think about this:

Decay Leads To More Decay… Until It’s Stopped

When decay erodes part of your child’s tooth, fillings help us seal off and cover the compromised area. We place fillings because once a tooth starts to get decay, it’s very likely the decay will progress.

  • A cavity indicates that the area is decay-prone, whether that’s due to chewing habits, cleaning habits, or the bacterial climate.
  • Cavities can create crevices in your mouth that trap plaque and food particles, encouraging further decay.
  • The tooth’s outer enamel layer is much stronger than the inner, dentin layer. If decay breaches the enamel, it can progress dramatically, leading to severe pain and permanent tooth damage.

Fillings Need To Be Maintained, And Sometimes Refreshed

After a while, we may recommend that you replace one of your child’s fillings. The materials used in fillings can break down and weaken over time, which can lead to further decay and damage. During a replacement, we make sure that there’s no decay under the filling, and that the area is not compromised.

Be Proactive In Your Child’s Dental Care

Don’t postpone getting a filling if it’s recommended. Protect your child’s oral health by being proactive. Save time and money by fixing the problem while it’s still small.

Let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns about the care that we recommend for your child. We value our relationship with you and we want to be sure that you’re always comfortable and happy with your service.

Thanks for being our patients and friends!

Top image by Flickr user Adriel O. Socrates used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

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