Tooth decay, also known as cavities or dental caries, is one of the most common dental problems worldwide. Tooth decay develops when plaque and bacteria remain on your child’s teeth for long periods of time. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause severe pain, infection and abscesses, and may lead to tooth loss.
Cavities are typically the result of poor oral hygiene or a sugary diet. When your child does not brush and floss their teeth regularly or effectively, the bacteria in their mouth feed on the sugars and carbohydrates that cling to their teeth, developing into plaque and eventually into calculus (tartar). When not removed, plaque causes decay, periodontal disease and other oral health problems. Your child may also experience sensitivity to temperature (such as hot or cold foods and drinks), pain and discomfort as a result of tooth decay.
You can help your child prevent tooth decay by:
We invite you to contact our office if you notice any signs of tooth decay in your child’s mouth and schedule an appointment with our dentist.