In adults, a cavity leads to toothaches and is treated with a filling. For kids, the situation is exactly the same: treatment is needed to address cavities. However, many people assume treating cavities in young children isn’t necessary. Unfortunately, allowing a cavity to grow worse can lead to a number of serious oral health complications in little smiles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Avoiding Decay in Children
Question: What causes a cavity?
Answer: Our teeth are protected by the outer layer of enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. However, should bacteria be able to bypass the enamel, which can happen when a tooth is damaged or if poor oral hygiene weakens the enamel, a cavity forms in the layers of dentin underneath. Factors behind decay can include cracked or chipped teeth, lack of routine homecare, consuming foods/drinks high in sugar and other starches, and neglecting to have teeth regularly cleaned by a dentist or hygienist.
Question: How do I know if my child needs treatment?
Answer: Children may complain about their teeth hurting when they have hot or cold foods and beverages. In addition, a toothache can form that doesn’t go away after a few hours. Persistent discomfort is often a sign of a cavity. If you bring your child in for routine checkups and cleanings, we can also usually identify decay in the early stages, often before the child experiences any symptoms.
Question: How does avoiding treatment lead to poor alignment?
Answer: When a cavity isn’t treated, an infection can eventually develop that requires removal of the tooth to prevent the infection from spreading. When children lose their baby teeth on schedule, the remaining teeth guide the permanent one in place. Premature tooth loss can throw off this system, increasing the risk of misalignment that will require orthodontic treatment later in life.
Question: Can you place a filling in a baby tooth?
Answer: We can! In a single visit, we can repair decay and safeguard the health and alignment of your child’s smile.
Does Your Child Have a Toothache?
We can address the cause of your little one’s cavity and treat the issue with a lifelike restoration. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.