Tooth decay has become very common among children nowadays due to the increase in intake of sweets, beverages and chocolates. Tooth decay is also called cavities and is often difficult to notice. At the initial level it starts with pain in the affected area and kids rarely complain about the sensitivity. It is the responsibility of the parents to take notice of it by observing any change in eating habits of the child, his/her appetite and the color of the tooth.
Signs of tooth decay
- Change in the color of the teeth.
- Food lodgment in a particular space between the teeth
- Child complaining of sensitivity.
It is the responsibility of the parents to supervise the child while brushing and notice the surface of the teeth for discoloration. Parents have a misconception that the milk teeth are not that important as it would anyway fall and permanent ones would be up! But, the milk teeth play an integral role in maintaining spaces for the permanent teeth to grow.
It is difficult to identify tooth decay by the kids themselves as they occur between the teeth. So it’s important to visit the dentist at least twice in a year and he will diagnose the cavities by using specialized X-Rays. If such decays are left undiagnosed for a longer time, they lead to excruciating pain, infection and deeper decay. Severe cases might need root canal treatment; where the side effects are puss, swelling, pain and discharge.
Therefore supervision and appropriate treatment can help your child to lead a cavity-free life.