Four Facts About Childhood Tooth Decay

child with tooth decay

If you’re a parent, you know that your child depends on you to keep them healthy. It’s the same when it comes to their smile. You help them brush, floss, and choose healthy foods that are great for their teeth. But when an unexpected cavity pops up, there are a few important things every parent needs to know.


Cavities in Baby Teeth Spread Quickly 

Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that will continue expanding unless it’s physically removed. Baby teeth are not as dense as adult ones, so cavities can grow very quickly. An untreated cavity today may be an abscessed tooth a few months from now.

Cavities can also spread into adjacent teeth, including the permanent ones underneath.


 Losing a Tooth Prematurely is a Big Problem

Some people assume that since baby teeth are all meant to fall out, letting the one with the cavity come out a bit early won’t cause any harm.

Unfortunately, premature tooth loss can permanently alter your child’s adult bite development. Since primary teeth act as guides and spacers, losing one too early may cause adult teeth to come in crooked (or worse, not at all.)


It Affects Their Development

Severe tooth decay can cause problems eating and speaking. If your child doesn’t develop on track with peers, they may also experience problems with their self-esteem. That’s not to mention the pain and discomfort typically caused by active tooth decay!


Prevention is the Best Cure

At Centre for Dentistry, we can help your Brighton or Ferntree Gully family avoid cavities with therapeutic fluoride treatments and fissure sealants. When you bring your child in for a six-month checkup, we’ll evaluate potential warning signs of tooth demineralization so that we can intervene before a cavity develops.


Schedule a checkup for your family at Centre for Dentistry today!