Cavities are the most common oral health problem. Over 90% of Americans will develop at least one cavity in their lifetime according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, children are at an especially high risk of developing cavities as well, with approximately one out of four developing at least one cavity by the age of four according to statistics. Young children are even more vulnerable to tooth decay than adults due to factors like poor brushing technique as they learn how to brush and floss properly, and consuming sugary snacks and drinks. The dentists at Tender Care Dentistry in Charlotte Hall, MD, recommend that parents make preventive dental care a routine as early as possible to lower the risk of cavities and oral health problems.
Pediatric Dentistry in Charlotte Hall, MD
Children may not know the signs and symptoms of a cavity, so parents should be proactive in order to prevent cavities from going undiagnosed for too long. The most common signs that your child has a cavity and needs a dental filling include:
- White spot on the tooth (early warning sign)
- Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
- Brown spot on the tooth as the cavity gets bigger
- Visible hole in the tooth
If you suspect that your child might have a cavity, schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. The dentist will perform a thorough dental exam and determine if a filling is necessary.
If it turns out that your child does need a filling, don't worry. The important thing is to treat the cavity as soon as possible.
Find a Pediatric Dentist in Charlotte Hall, MD
For more information cavity prevention and treatment for your children, contact Tender Care Dentistry by calling (301) 298-2622 to schedule an appointment today.