Cavities are the most common oral health problem that children experience. And recognizing them early means that you can get treatment from Dr. Britni Kearns at Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry right away. Early treatment can prevent tooth infections and even tooth loss. But how do you recognize the signs of cavities? Read on and find out what you should be looking for.
If one or more of your child’s teeth are very sensitive to hot, cold, or sugary drinks, this could indicate a cavity. They may also complain of tooth sensitivity or tenderness when biting or chewing. If this goes on for more than a day or two, you should come into Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and get your child a checkup from Dr. Kearns in Tinton Falls.
If you notice abnormal white spots on your child’s teeth, this may be the first stage of a cavity. In the first stage of a cavity, the enamel weakens due to the presence of oral bacteria and acid. This results in patchy, abnormally white spots on the teeth.
The good news is that this is reversible with proper care, such as a healthy diet, good oral hygiene, and fluoride treatments from our office. Schedule a checkup from Dr. Kearns right away, and get the help your little one needs.
As cavities get deeper, they will begin to change in color from white to yellow, dark brown, or even black. If you notice tooth discoloration on any of your child’s teeth, this may be a sign of tooth decay, and you should come into Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry right away.
Along with dark brown or black discoloration, you may also be able to see visible holes or pits in your child’s teeth. There are some natural nooks and crannies in the teeth, but if you notice any holes or pits that look deeper than usual, your child may have a cavity.
Over time, the hole or pit can get deeper. As it progresses, it can break down the enamel and invade into the deeper layers of the tooth, eventually reaching the nerve. Once in the nerve, pain and infection can ensue and treatment becomes more complex and expensive, which is why getting early care is critical if you think your child has tooth decay.
The bacteria that cause tooth decay are smelly. If your child has one or more serious cavities, they may develop bad breath that won’t go away, also known as halitosis. Halitosis can also be caused by tooth infections or gum disease, which are also serious oral health conditions, so we recommend seeing Dr. Kearns right away.
At Sycamore Smiles Pediatric Dentistry in Tinton Falls, we’re here to help kids with cavities get the care they need. With dental fillings, crowns, and other treatments, you can restore your child’s oral health, eliminate pain and discomfort, and get back to your daily routine. Don’t wait. Call us at (732) 963-8680 or contact us online to schedule an appointment and get peace of mind.