Tooth decay is now considered the most common childhood disease, affecting one in seven 3 to 5-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Untreated tooth decay and cavities can be bad news for your child’s baby teeth, as well as their future oral health.
What will a dentist do for toddler tooth decay?
When a fluoride treatment isn’t an option, your dentist can remove decayed parts of the tooth and perform either a dental filling or a dental crown to fill holes in the tooth. For a filling, your dentist uses a tooth-colored composite resin or an amalgam filling such as mercury, silver, or another type of metal.
Why are my toddler’s teeth decaying?
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria and other things. It can happen when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) are left on the teeth. Such foods include milk, soda, raisins, candy, cake, fruit juices, cereals, and bread. Bacteria that normally live in the mouth change these foods, making acids.
Can toddler tooth decay be reversed?
Toddler cavities cannot be reversed, but they can be treated. Your child’s dentist needs to examine and treat dental caries to prevent more damage to the rest of the tooth. The good news is that there are ways you can prevent and reduce your toddler’s tooth decay to ensure your child has a healthy smile.
Is it common for toddlers to have cavities?
Cavities in toddlers are, unfortunately, a common occurrence. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of children aged 2 to 11 will develop at least one cavity.
What will a dentist do for tooth decay?
If you have a typical cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed tooth tissue and then restore the tooth by filling it with a filling material. Root canal. If the damage to the tooth and/or an infection spreads to the pulp (inside of the tooth), you might need a root canal.
What does tooth decay look like in toddlers?
Tooth decay on the top front teeth of an infant or small child is called Early Childhood Caries. This decay may look like white spots, dark pits, holes or broken teeth and may be painful making it hard for your child to eat.
Will decayed baby teeth fall out?
The baby teeth set the foundation for the adult smile and bite. If a baby tooth is decayed it may be lost prematurely and then the grown up teeth can become impacted or delayed in eruption. The misconception from parents is that active dental disease in baby teeth will impact the health of adult teeth.
Is it worth fixing cavities in baby teeth?
Cavities are infections and may recommend fixing cavities on baby teeth if it is a significant infection. Cavities can pass from tooth to tooth, just like a cold. So, if you leave a cavity in a tooth long enough, your child’s other teeth can start to get cavities.
Can you reverse rotting teeth?
Decayed Enamel Can’t be “Re-Grown”
But as of yet, it’s physically impossible. Once a tooth has a physical cavity (opening or hole) inside of it, there is no feasible way to help the enamel grow back on your own. Instead, the cavity will gradually worsen, due to the bacterial infection inside of the tooth structure.
Why does my 3 year old have so many cavities?
Tooth Structure – Enamel Quality and Quantity – Some children are born with weaker enamel due to a thinner than usual or less mineral component of the outer layer of their tooth, leaving it more susceptible to decay. This could be caused by issues or illness during pre-birth or infancy, or genetic predisposition.
What happens if you don’t fix cavities in baby teeth?
Cavities can quickly progress into very large cavities and can cause the need of baby root canals and crowns. If untreated this can form into dental infections causing pain and swelling.
Can Toddlers Get fillings?
Typically, we recommend tooth fillings for children with small cavities. Getting a filling is a safe, normal dental procedure that will restore your child’s tooth and prevent further tooth decay. Our dentists offer two different kinds of fillings: silver (amalgam) fillings and white (composite) fillings.