Know About Tooth Decay (Caries or Cavities) in Children


Though children are using the teeth they will eventually lose, that teeth should be taken care off until the adult teeth come out of the gums. It enables the adult teeth to grow in correct proportion and with enough space. That’s the reason why oral hygiene is very important in the early stages itself. It is natural for the kids to end up with cavities despite the practice of good oral hygiene. The cavity care for kids is almost the same as that of adults since both have a common aim – to preserve the tooth health.

Fillings for your kid
Though the baby teeth are not long-lasting, they are the only teeth your kid will have for several years, until the adult teeth come in. To maintain your child’s oral health, the pediatric dentist will opt to drill out the cavities in baby teeth and fill or crown them accordingly. The primary teeth give way for the adult teeth to come in properly, so losing the primary teeth is not good for your child’s permanent teeth.

Tooth filling for decay
Like the adult filling, the teeth fillings are made out of either white composite or metal. Though other types of fillings are available, metal fillings are a good option because it is easy to put in and less expensive compared to other fillings.

Children should continue using good oral hygiene when caring for fillings or crowns, whether those repairs have been done on baby teeth or on permanent teeth.

Decay Can Return
Your dentist may try their best to have all the teeth decay removed, but sometimes it may occur again. There is a good chance that the decay can occur again and when it happens, the dentist replaces the existing filling to take care of the new decay and fill the tooth again.

Sometimes extraction is required
If the tooth decay is advanced, sometimes the dentist may not have options other than extracting the tooth. The decay may cause gum issues or pain for your child and then the extraction is the only option that works best. To maintain the space created after the extraction, the dentist may fill the gap with a prosthetic for the adult tooth to come in.

You may need more visitors to your dentist
If there are several dental cavities to be filled, the dentist performs all at once or one at a time. And that purely depends on the mood of your kid and has nothing to do with the dentist or the procedure. Some kids are fine in the chair for a longer time and at the same time, others are not. If your kid is not comfortable for the first filling, you may need multiple visits to the dentist for the process to be carried out.

Lakewood Dental Smile has a suitable treatment plan that is right for your child, with a focus to maintain the premature teeth until the adult teeth come in. The best you can do as a parent is to teach the importance of proper oral care and this way you can reduce the chance of fillings and invasive care.

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