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DENTAL CARIES (CAVITIES) IN CHILDREN

Tooth decay is the most common childhood diseases and affect a large percentage of children. Dental caries when left untreated can become serious infections. Most activities happen in the grooves and pits of the chewing surface of the teeth, though cavities can also occur between the teeth.

Parents usually don’t know that they need to clean their child’s mouth and gums after each feeding after birth. A wet gauze can be used to wipe the gums and drinking water can remove the milk remnants from the mouth.

The first baby teeth erupt around the age of 3-6 months. Special tooth brushes are available for cleaning teeth at different stages of childhood dentition. Using Fluoride supplements has an important effect in reducing tooth decay.

Generally brushing at least 2 times per day for 2 minutes will help make sure all areas of your child’s teeth are cleaned and aid in the prevention of cavities.

American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see the dentist before their first birthday. The first visit to the dentist is an important one in getting your child comfortable with dental exam and it builds the foundation of good dental habits and hygiene. Our pediatric dentist will review the medical and dental history of your child, examine their mouth and teeth, and review the nutrition and oral habits to make sure your child is on track for a healthy smile for a lifetime.

Missed dental check ups could lead to dental problems such as cavities going undiagnosed and thus leading to significant problems.

Cavities remain a leading cause of tooth loss which besides the esthetic aspect can affect a child’s nutrition, speech and overall health.

If you suspect your child may have a cavity, feel free to call our pediatric dental office located in Laguna Niguel, CA for an appointment.

Our pediatric dental specialist can perform a thorough examination and diagnose any dental problems including cavities through the use of x-rays and a visual examination. After noting the presence of tooth decay, treatment options will be discussed with you and a customized treatment plan is designed to address the cavity. Early and diagnosis and intervention is very important in addressing dental caries.

Feel free to contact our office at 949-831-7790 to schedule your child’s dental exam. if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s teeth, we are happy to assist you!