According to a recent survey from the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 15 percent of U.S. kids have untreated tooth decay—could this statistic apply to your child? If you are at all concerned, rest assured that Drs. David Doyle and Eric Jacobsen of Sunnyside Dentistry for Children offer dental fillings to treat tooth decay and other services and procedures that will help your children care for their smiles. Read on to find out if your child needs to make a visit to our Clackamas, OR, office!
How can I tell if my child has a cavity?
Cavities don't usually cause symptoms when they're small, but as they grow larger, they may:
- Cause Pain: Does your child complain that a tooth hurts or seem to avoid chewing on one side of their mouth?
- Trigger Sensitivity: Pain that occurs when eating or drinking hot, cold, or sugary foods and beverages may be a sign that your child has a cavity.
- Change in Tooth Appearance: Light brown spots on the surface of teeth may be the first noticeable signs of a cavity. If the decay isn't treated a dentist, the spots may become darker.
White spots on teeth are another sign that your child is at risk of developing a cavity. These spots appear when the tooth enamel begins to weaken after being attacked by acids. At this stage, however, it may still be possible to prevent a cavity. Toothpaste that contains fluoride or fluoride treatment at the dentist's office may remineralize and rebuild weak areas of tooth enamel.
How can fillings help my child?
Removing the decayed portion of the tooth and replacing it with a filling material ends your child's pain, stops the decay from progressing, and makes chewing comfortable once again. If your child doesn't receive a filling, the decay may destroy the tooth or spread to nearby teeth.
Do baby teeth need to be filled?
Filling baby teeth is just as important as treating permanent teeth. Your child's baby teeth save room for their permanent replacements, and if one of these initial teeth is lost prematurely due to decay, the remaining teeth may begin to shift, leaving no room for the permanent ones to erupt.
Give us a call!
Protect your child's smile with dental fillings! Call your Clackamas, OR, pediatric dentists, Drs. David Doyle and Eric Jacobsen of Sunnyside Dentistry for Children, at (503) 855-5100 to schedule an appointment.