Cavities are a common dental malady, particularly for some children because food and beverages with sugar or acids can take a toll on teeth over time. Candy and soda are obvious culprits, but even sports drinks tend to have more sugar than people realize.
Treatment for Cavities
Some parents ask whether it’s worth treating cavities in young children since their baby teeth will end up falling out anyway. It’s still worth treating, however, to prevent infection, pain, or even bite alignment issues. Infection that starts in one tooth can spread to other nearby teeth, and as anyone whose had one knows, a toothache can negatively impact nutrition because it’s uncomfortable to chew food.
If you think your child might have a cavity, particularly if he or she has been experiencing a toothache, come see us right away.
Common Signs of Cavities
It’s not always visually obvious when your child has a cavity. However, there are some signs you can look out for:
- If your child reports discomfort while brushing certain teeth
- Increased sensitivity to hot or cold
- Discolorations on or around teeth
- Bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away after brushing or using mouthwash
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s wise to schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist. These aren’t guarantees that your child has a cavity, but it’s always better to be safe than put off treating potential tooth decay.
If your child is suffering a toothache, this is a sign of an abscess (infection) which you should definitely not ignore.