Cavities are a global problem and are responsible for most oral health issues. Our little ones are the ones who are most affected by cavities since they have not yet mastered proper brushing techniques. Plus, they love all the teeth-unfriendly foods and snacks. But we cannot exempt teenagers and older adults who tend to have cavities.
In any case, you need to be on the lookout for tooth decay in your kid’s tooth, especially between six years to about 12 years, since these are the cavity-prone years. That’s why we advise our patients to bring their kids for a checkup to ensure that cavities don’t destroy those pearly whites.
But as a parent, you may have to wear a dentist’s hat every other day and perform dental exams to gauge the state of your kid’s oral health. So, we have decided to equip you with some critical information that will help you know if your kid’s tooth has decayed.
Cavities or dental caries (tooth decay) are weak points on the otherwise strong enamel. Cavities will always sneak into your kid’s tooth. They are usually painless and destroy the teeth over months and even years. Since the enamel is strong, it will remain intact so long as there’s proper care.
Dental caries comes about when a sticky film coats the teeth and traps the sugars and foods your child has eaten. If you don’t ensure that your kid has removed the plaque by brushing with fluoridated toothpaste, then the acids released by bacteria will break down the enamel forming holes (cavities).
The cavities will continue to grow bigger if there is no intervention. In other words, if you don’t seek child dentistry, where our dentist can treat the cavities with fillings, then the cavity will cause more damage.
Some of the habits that lead to cavities might include:
You may not see any cavity symptoms, especially in the early stages. That’s why you need to maintain regular dental visits at our Bradford dental office since our dentist can spot and treat cavities before they get out of hand.
In any case, let’s check out the early signs of tooth decay.
Your child might not show any signs of a tooth cavity, the signs might be minute, or your kid might not be able to properly communicate what they are feeling. So, make it a habit when you are brushing your kid’s teeth, and examine them. If you examine them daily, you can spot the changes and ask our dentist what they might mean.
Peel your eyes for the following:
As the cavity progresses, you might notice that the color will change from light brown to dark brown or black. You might notice that your kid will complain of physical pain or may show less than obvious signs such as:
Cavities might affect your kid’s oral health. So, it is best that you contact us at Holland River Dental to schedule an appointment.