Baby Teeth..Grown Up Problems
Its another growing problem that finds it roots in all those suguary treats available to children, its not obesity, its tooth decay. Your child's baby teeth might lead to grown up problems.
"Duh," Zach, getting his teeth said.
This is ten year old Zach who has get those pearly whites cleaned.
"Hey with the camera," Zach said.
The nurses were there to take picutres of his baby teeth.
"You got to stay closed down," one nurse said.
They were there to try and find out how many of those baby teeth he has left.
"We just found out he only has three left, thank the Good Lord," Vanessa Lovin, Zach's mom said.
But those other teeth, baby teeth he had weren't so fortunate.
"His baby teeth, they pretty much mesed him up there were bad cavities, " Lovin said.
They came from Bonifay, in the panhandle, north of Panama City to the Dental School here at Shands.
"You ready to get your teeth cleaned now? Want me to take a loo," Dr. Abi Adewumi asked.
Doctor Abi Adewumi has seen several patients whose baby teeth messed up their adult teeth.
"Let's count those teethes of yours," Doctor Adewumi said.
She says one of the most common reasons why children like Zach tend to get caviities is because of sweets.
"Most prominent cause its a lot of sugar when children drink too much juice and they dont leave too much time between sugary snacks, or drinks, the there's a higher tendency to have a lot of cavities," she said.
And the most effective prevention is, simply brushing.
"If the brushing is not efficient then there's a lot of bacteria that stays around and hangs aroudn the plaque and that can also cause decay," she said.
Now for children with grown up dental problems, it can empty your wallet, Dr. Adewumi says it can cost you about two or three thousand dollars to try and save your child's teeth. And the cost can go higher if the child needs anastesia.
"If you children that young have to have anastesia, that can increase the cost dramatically," Adewumi said.
Luckily after Zach finished getting his teeth cleaned and checked, he gets a sticker and doesn't have to worry about rotting teeth.
Dr. Adewumi urges parents to already have a dentist so that the child is more comfortable when they need to get their teeth cleaned.
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