Cavities are like the dental boogeyman for kids. Unfortunately, even the best homecare isn’t a guarantee against all cavities, and kids are especially susceptible. Finding out they have a cavity can be a scary experience for any child. That’s why Wilson Pediatric Dentistry in North Carolina takes a gentle and understanding approach to treating this common dental issue.
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Cavities are small holes that form as a tooth decays. This decay happens when bacteria and plaque eat away at teeth. Because children love sugary foods and often have trouble properly brushing, they are at an increased risk for cavities.
Why Treat Cavities for Baby Teeth?
Many parents wonder why they need to fill cavities in primary teeth. They’re all just going to fall out, right?
Decay can actually spread from an untreated cavity. Prematurely losing a tooth to decay can also negatively impact the way new teeth come in.
How to Tell if Your Child Has a Cavity?
Since very few children make it through their primary teeth without developing a cavity, it is important to watch for common symptoms. These include:
- White spots on teeth
- Dark spots on teeth
- Pain while chewing
- Sensitivity to sugary foods
- Sensitivity to cold foods
How Does Wilson Pediatric Dentistry Treat Cavities?
Our team works to make the cavity treatment easy for our young patients. First, we remove the decayed area surrounding the cavity, to stop its spread. Next, we fill in the hole with a tooth-colored cavity filling. In rare or extreme cases, a dental crown may be required.
We also recognize that having cavities filled can be a particularly stressful procedure for kids. Our staff is experienced walking children through these difficult treatments so that they can have an overall positive experience. We provide gentle care and work at your child’s pace to avoid a fear of future dental visits.