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How to Tell If Your Child May Be Prone to Cavities

Posted on 10/10/2019 by Fariba Mutschler
How to Tell If Your Child May Be Prone to CavitiesMost parents believe that children develop cavities mainly because they are reluctant to brush and floss their teeth. While to some extent, that may be true, but what many people do not know is that cavities by certain types of germs.

These germs can spread through families and can even last a lifetime. Dental cavities or caries is more common in children in comparison to any other chronic illness. As a matter of fact, more than 42 percent of children between the ages of 11 and 12 experience dental caries which affect the primary teeth.

What causes dental cavities in children?

Tooth decay is caused by a specific type of bacteria which feeds on sugar. It then produces a particular kind of acid, which eats away at the overall structure of teeth by exhausting calcium deposits. From time to time, the bacteria will also cause plaque; a yellowish film which builds upon one's teeth.

Once the bacteria deplete a massive chunk of calcium, the area collapses, in turn, forming a cavity. All babies are born without these bacterias. However, research shows that mothers infect their children before they turn two years.

While all children are prone to cavities, it's essential to visit us regularly so that we can be able to examine the teeth, evaluate the child for cavities and caries and come up with preventive care for your child. We will also discuss treatment options with you as well in case your child is suffering from cavities.

On top of that, you might not be aware of whether cavities are forming in your child's mouth or not. Therefore, we highly recommend regular dental cleanings and checkups for you and your child. On the other hand, if your child has mouth pain or toothache, then you should visit us as soon as possible.
My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.

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