All children have bacteria in their mouth. So all children are at risk for tooth decay. But the following may raise your child’s risk for it:
The following is the common way that teeth develop decay and cavities. But decay may be a bit different for each child.
The symptoms of tooth decay and cavities vary from child to child. Cavities don’t always cause symptoms. Sometimes children don’t know they have one until their dentist finds it. But your child may feel:
Your child’s dentist can usually diagnose tooth decay based on:
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
In most cases, treatment requires removing the decayed part of the tooth and replacing it with a filling. Fillings are materials placed in teeth to repair damage caused by tooth decay. They are also called restorations. There are different types of fillings:
You can help prevent tooth decay in your child with these simple steps:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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