What To Do If You Think Your Baby Or Child Has A Cavity

Posted: July 27, 2020

A young girl with big glasses and a yellow sweatshirt stands in front of a yellow background and raises her hands If you suspect your child has a tooth cavity, try not to worry yourself sick, but do schedule a checkup with our family dentists. It’s important to correctly diagnose a cavity if it exists and allow the dentist to treat it if necessary. The Smile Centre family is passionate about helping you maintain exceptional oral heath for the entire family. 

Treating tooth decay is important, even when it involves baby teeth. Although the baby teeth are going to fall out eventually, their temporary role is valuable. Baby teeth hold a position for the adult teeth to come in. If a baby tooth has to be pulled prematurely because of decay, then the adult tooth behind it may come in crooked or shifted.

Call the dentist to schedule an exam if you think you have identified a cavity. You may have noticed a discoloration or other damage that is not going away. Getting to the bottom of it promptly will set your child on the best path.

Early experiences with a dentist can have a significant effect on a child as he or she moves into adulthood. At The Smile Centre, we know how important it is to create positive dental memories that will endure for years. Our team of dental professionals is committed to helping your child with kind, gentle care.

Baby teeth are actually more vulnerable to decay than adult teeth because the tooth enamel is thinner than adult enamel. Childhood cavities are quite common even if you have been doing everything you can to promote oral health, and your child still gets a cavity. Some kids are genetically more likely to experience tooth decay.

A healthy, well-rounded diet with limited sugar intake will help your child avoid tooth decay. You should also limit how much juice, soda, and other sweet beverages they are consuming. Start brushing teeth and gums with a pea-size amount of toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts. Begin flossing a child’s teeth as soon as there are two teeth that touch. As they grow older and begin to take on brushing and flossing independently, make sure you supervise for proper technique. A child does not have the proper dexterity to brush their own teeth until they can tie their own shoes.

To positively encourage your child’s future dental health, you can:

  • Schedule and keep regular dental visits
  • Avoid sharing any negative dental experiences with your child
  • Avoid using words such as “pain” or “hurt” when discussing the dentist
  • Demonstrate good oral hygiene habits and routines at home for your entire family
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste
  • Floss daily before bed

We understand the nature of coming to the dentist can still cause anxiety and fear. If your child is frightening or nervous about dental care, please inquire about the option of nitrous oxide. We are conservative in our dental sedation services, and in appropriate cases, we can safely provide younger patients with a level of assisted comfort.

To find out if your child has a cavity, and to get custom tips for maintaining their oral health in Sarasota or Venice, please call us at one of our offices, in Palm Aire at 941-351-4468, South Trail at 941-366-3636, or Venice at 941-497-5451.

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