Tooth decay, also known as a cavity or dental carries, is a condition that develops when plaque and bacteria remain on the teeth for long periods of time. It is one of the most common dental problems worldwide and can lead to pain, infection, abscesses and tooth loss when not treated.

Tooth decay is most often caused by poor oral hygiene or a sugary diet. If your child is not brushing and flossing their teeth regularly, the bacteria in their mouth will feed on the sugars and carbohydrates that cling to their teeth, which can then lead to tooth decay or other dental problems. It can also cause your child to experience tooth sensitivity and discomfort.

Here are a few tips on how you can help your child prevent cavities:

If your child does develop a cavity, our pediatric dentist can provide them with a treatment plan to repair the damage and restore their smile. Depending on the size of the cavity and the amount of damage to their tooth, their treatment may be a dental filling, a dental crown or a baby root canal, also knowns as a pulpotomy.

If you have any questions about cavities and would like to learn more about cavity prevention, please contact our office today.