Children around the world experience cavities, also called “childhood tooth decay” or “childhood caries.” The primary causes of these cavities are poor dental hygiene and sugar-filled diets.
Cavities can be exceptionally painful and, if left untreated, can result in decaying teeth and childhood periodontitis. Lifestyle routines can contribute greatly to your child’s overall health and prevent cavities. Ensure that your child eats a nutrient-filled diet with many varieties of food, reliably executes an oral care routine, and visits the dentist twice yearly.
Cavity size—and the pain associated with cavities—varies greatly. Very small cavities might go unnoticed, while large cavities might be debilitating painful. Cavities that develop between teeth can be difficult to identify without a trained eye. The pediatric dentist’s training and imaging, such as x-rays, can determine where even exceptionally small cavities might lurk so they can be resolved more easily.
General cavity symptoms include the following:
As soon as your child experiences any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your pediatric dentist. If left untreated, the problem could get worse and jeopardize additional teeth. Swift action can prevent pain and additional, more invasive dental work.
In addition to twice yearly pediatric dental visits, you can take the following steps to prevent cavities in your child:
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