What your dentist in Colorado Springs wants you to know
Cavities caused by tooth decay can happen at any age, but tooth decay is more common and more aggressive in children. A steady diet of sweets and sugary sodas can cause a mouth full of cavities in a very short time. It’s important for you as a parent to be able to recognize signs your child might have a cavity and what to do about it. Dr. Nolan Behr in Colorado Springs, CO wants to share the facts about cavities and your child.
Cavities can happen fast. In fact your child is at risk of tooth decay the minute the first primary tooth erupts in your child’s mouth. That’s why it’s important for your child to visit the dentist within six months of seeing the first tooth erupt, and at least within your child’s first year.
So what are the signs your child may have a cavity? One of the main ones is tooth pain. Tooth pain due to a cavity will usually happen when your child:
- Bites down
- Eats hot or cold foods
- Drinks hot or cold beverages
- Eats sweet foods
There are also non-painful signs and symptoms to look for including:
- White or dark spots on your child’s teeth
- Black or brown stains on your child’s teeth
- Holes, open crevices or cracks on your child’s teeth
You can do a lot to help prevent cavities in your child’s teeth. It’s important to remember to:
- Teach your child about brushing after meals and before bedtime
- Start teaching flossing when your child is about 4 years old
- Make regular visits to the dentist at least yearly for an exam and x-rays
- Make regular visits to the dental hygienist every 6 months for oral hygiene instruction, professional cleanings, and fluoride treatments
When you take care of your child’s dental needs, you are taking an important step to ensuring your child enjoys a healthy, beautiful smile for life. For more information about children’s dental care call Dr. Behr in Colorado Springs, CO today!