Life with children is always a surprise. No sooner do they get their first tooth that they then develop a cavity. If your child is around three to five years old and has cavities in their baby teeth, it can spell trouble for the growth of their permanent teeth. Dental Fillings therefore are one of the most effective methods in treating cavities in children and should be considered if your child is displaying signs of a cavity.
What Are Cavities?
A cavity is the result of when bacteria or food build up and form plaque on your teeth. The bacteria eat away at the enamel on your teeth, the outer layer which protects your tooth, and cause decay. While a gradual and slow process, if left untreated bacteria can wear down your tooth and leave tiny holes in your smile. This is how cavities form. Because of this gradual process, instilling good oral hygiene habits at a young age is critical. Brushing and flossing can help you get rid of the plaque build up to prevent cavities from developing in the first place.
What Are the Signs of a Cavity?
While cavities are similar in how they are formed, it can sometimes be hard to determine if your child has one. Here are some common signs & symptoms that your child may have a cavity:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers and does not go away
- Sensitivity to sweet foods or drinks
- A toothache that is on or around one or more teeth
- Pain when you bite down or pain during eating
- Discoloration, white spots, or staining on a tooth
- A small hole or mark on your tooth
Do Children’s Cavities Need to be Filled?
Because cavities are developed over time from plaque build up, it is important to treat them as soon as possible. Cavities affect children regardless of age and withholding treatment can cause further complications later on. This can include gum disease, an increase for heart or lung disease, receding gum lines, tooth sensitivity, and even tooth loss in the most severe cases.
So yes, if your child has cavities we would recommend for them to be filled as soon as possible. If your child is also experiencing gum disease symptoms like constant bad breath, bleeding gums while brushing, recurring tooth aches, or tenderness, then we can also provide periodontal gum disease care as well.
Looking for a Pediatric Dentist Near You?
If you think you may have a cavity and need to schedule an appointment, contact our pediatric dental office in Bellevue, WA! Our friendly staff will be able to answer any questions that you may have and get you set up with an appointment with Dr. Yu Ong.