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Your Child’s First Dental Cavity

A young girl having her teeth checked by the dentist

Dental cavities are the most common childhood disease. Even babies can develop dental cavities! Baby teeth are much softer than adult teeth, and the enamel is thinner, allowing bacteria and acids to eat away at it more quickly. If plaque and bacteria aren’t regularly brushed and flossed away, cavities are an inevitability.

Below are some things parents and caregivers should know about keeping an eye out for childhood cavities:

First signs of a cavity 

  • The first sign of a childhood dental cavity is a chalky white spot on the affected tooth
  • If left untreated, the white spot will turn yellow or brown, becoming darker and darker until it turns into a dental cavity
  • Once a cavity has formed, your child will feel discomfort or pain when brushing or chewing, and sensitivity to hot, cold, or sugary foods

What to do if you think your child has a dental cavity 

If you believe your child has a cavity, you should make an appointment at Meadows Family Dentistry here in Castle Rock, Colorado. Until the appointment, make sure your child is still flossing and brushing twice a day. 

What to expect when you visit our office

If your child does have a dental cavity, Dr. Preston Polson will remove the damaged part of the tooth and seal it with a filling. Once the cavity has been fixed, we’ll address the reasons why the cavity may have developed and offer tips on how to avoid tooth decay or future dental cavities!

If you believe that anyone in your family has a dental cavity, please call Meadows Family Dentistry to make an appointment.

Posted on Aug 24, 2020
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