Your child’s baby teeth are much softer and more vulnerable to cavities and decay than adult teeth. Because it’s so much easier for acids and bacteria to eat away at the tooth enamel, dental cavities, tooth decay, and other issues may result. If your child isn’t brushing and flossing regularly, these odds increase even more.
If you believe your child may be suffering from his or her first cavity, read below to find out more about the signs to look for and the steps you need to take next.
Obviously, each case is different. However, there are common symptoms that can point to a childhood dental cavity. The first is a white spot occurring on the tooth. If this spot is ignored, it will change color from chalky white to a darker yellow or brown color. This is the cavity forming. Once the cavity has been formed, your child may begin to complain of pain or sensitivity when brushing his or her teeth, or when eating hot, cold, or overly sugary foods.
If you believe your child has a cavity, it’s important to contact SpringRock Dental right away. The sooner the cavity is caught, the simpler the procedure will be. In fact, if the white spots are treated quickly enough, it’s possible for us to stop the cavity from forming at all. In the meantime, make sure your child is brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily.
Once the cavity is found and confirmed, Dr. Michael Plous will remove the damaged part of the tooth and add a filling material in its place. Patient education is very important to us, so we will help you and your child learn more about the cavity and how to prevent future cavities.
If your child is showing the signs of having a cavity, please contact SpringRock Dental today! Our office is located in Aurora, CO.