The 4-1-1 on Children And Cavities


the 411 on children and cavities

Let’s face it. The only thing worse than being told that you have a cavity is hearing that your child has one. Suddenly, you get filled with guilt. Is it my fault? Is there anything I could have done to prevent this? First, let’s take a few steps back and delve into how exactly cavities occur.

Cavities are formed from bacteria that, when left on the teeth, turns into plaque that leads to tooth decay. This type of decay is often formed due to the lack of proper oral hygiene after consuming food or drinks that are high in sugars and starches. If left untreated, cavities can lead to more severe damage that may result in tooth loss.

Depending on the stage of the cavity, your child may not express any symptoms at all. However as the cavity progresses, the soft tissues of the tooth will begin to decay, which is when your child will begin to experience more prevalent symptoms. Toothaches, abnormal sensitivity, and visible holes or discoloration, are the most common signs.

• Toothaches
– Toothaches are often the first sign that your child may be dealing with a cavity. They often consist of a sharp, constant, pain that accelerates when pressure is applied—so keep an eye out!
• Tooth sensitivity
– Another strong indicator that your child has a cavity is tooth sensitivity. This can be ignited when your child consumes something hot, cold, sweet, or even sour!
• Visible holes or discoloration
– One of the easiest, most apparent signs that your child has a cavity is a visible hole or tooth discoloration. Often times, an early cavity will leave a white spot on the tooth. However, as the cavity worsens, a visible hole will form.

As cliché as it may sound, the best way to prevent your child from getting a cavity is to take preemptive measures, such as practicing proper brushing and flossing techniques and taking regular visits to the dentist for dental cleanings.

Think your child has a cavity? Give us a call at St. Charles Office Phone Number (630) 232-6661 so your child can get back to showing off their happy, healthy, smile.