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Treating Tooth Cavities in Children

Dental caries is the most common dental disease in toddlers and children. It is a chronic disorder that causes teeth cavities. It is more common than bronchitis or asthma in children. While tooth decay may look little less dangerous than other diseases, but dental caries or tooth decay is often linked to bigger health risks like obesity and malnutrition.

Some of the problems caused by tooth cavities
  • Bleeding and severe tooth pain
  • Dental abscess
  • Infection that may affect the nearby teeth
  • Pain while chewing
  • Malnutrition
  • Obesity
  • Gastrointestinal disorders

Pain while chewing is the most common discomfort caused by cavities, which affects the eating habits in children that leads to malnutrition and obesity.

Treating tooth decay:

When your child complains of any discomfort in chewing, or pain in teeth, you must consult a dentist (preferably a pediatric dentist) urgently. Over-the-counter medication may help temporarily in alleviating the pain, but will not cure the root problem.

Tooth caries and its effects on tooth differ from child to child. A pediatric dentist will diagnose the disease to find how far it has progressed to offer a treatment.

Common tooth cavity treatments for children:
  • Dental Fillings
  • Root Canal Treatment
  • Tooth Extraction (in cases of severe tooth decay)
Tips to prevent tooth cavities in children:
  • Brush your child`s teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss the teeth at least once in a day, preferably before bed time
  • Give your baby a balanced diet, and reduce teeth damaging foods like sugary snacks as much as possible
  • Don`t let your child sleep with a bottle in mouth

Taking your child to a pediatric dentist can not only helps your child stay away from the diseases like cavities, but also drastically reduces the risk of