When your dentist tells you that your child has signs of early decay on some of their teeth, then you may assume that your child will need fillings. However, perhaps your dentist tells you that you may be able to fix the problem by using a tooth mousse on your child's teeth.
How does a tooth mousse work and will it fix your child's problem?
How Does Tooth Mousse Work on Early Decay?
Tooth mousse contains ingredients such as milk proteins, calcium and phosphate. These ingredients have a number of dental benefits that may repair damage to the enamel on your teeth. For example, a mousse may help patients with problems like early decay, sensitive teeth and enamel erosion.
Typically, you smear the mousse over a tooth or teeth and leave it to work. As the mousse sits on the teeth, its ingredients seep into tooth surfaces; they then work together to boost the coverage and strength of tooth enamel. This may help re-mineralise teeth that have enamel problems.
In cases of early decay, such as when there are white spots of discolouration on the teeth, then a tooth mousse may be able to repair or reverse the damage. If this treatment works, then the white spots are replaced by healthier enamel and the decay process is stopped without the need for a filling.
Will Tooth Mousse Work on Your Child's Teeth?
If your dentist is recommending a tooth mousse, then they obviously think that it may help. However, you need to be aware that this treatment may have some limitations.
Warning: Tooth mousses contain milk proteins. Your child may not be able to use a mousse if they have a milk allergy. If your child has an allergy, make sure your dentist knows about it.
While a tooth mousse may reverse early decay spots, it may not be able to work if the decay is more extensive in the tooth. In some cases, your child may need a filling later if the tooth mousse doesn't work because decay has started to make holes in the enamel. Tooth mousse also works best if it is combined with an effective dental hygiene routine. Your child's teeth need to be brushed with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day; you may also need to modify their diet as well in order to reduce their intake of sugary or acidic foods and drinks that might contribute to decay problems.
To find out more about the best tooth mousse to use and how to apply it, or for help with other dentistry treatment, ask your dentist for advice.