Tooth decay is one of the most overlooked health problems among toddlers. Did you know children are five times more likely to develop tooth decay than asthma, and 20 times more likely than diabetes?
When left untreated, tooth decay in a toddler can have lasting effects. Here is what every parent of a toddler should know about tooth decay.
What causes it?
Tooth decay causes cavities, which can lead to serious health problems if not treated properly. A tooth can begin to decay as soon as it comes in. Tooth decay happens when teeth are exposed to sugary foods and liquids, which break down the enamel (the protective coating) of the teeth. Poor dental habits can also lead to tooth decay.
What signs should you look for?
The signs of early tooth decay in toddlers appear as white chalky areas around the gum line. More advanced decay creates brown spots that extend down the tooth from the gums. Severe cases of decay can lead to tooth loss.
What effects can it have?
Tooth decay in toddlers can lead to problems that will follow the child into adulthood. These can include stopping jaw bones from growing correctly, damaging the space where permanent teeth grow in, slowing speech development, and damaging a healthy digestive process.
How can you prevent it?
To help avoid tooth decay in your toddler, you should:
How is tooth decay treated?
If your toddler’s teeth are decaying, he or she should see a dentist immediately. Call Kool Smiles today or make an appointment for your child online. Our dentists are experienced with children’s teeth and can correct your toddler’s tooth decay before it causes further harm.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: http://www.mychildrensteeth.org/assets/2/7/ECCstats.pdf
If your child has pain around his or her teeth, it may be time for a root canal and crown. But how much does root canal treatment cost? The average price of…Read Full Article
The health of your children's teeth is very important, so you should take your kids to the dentist even if you don't have insurance. Taking your child to the dentist may seem expensive,…Read Full Article
Although the cost of braces can vary, the average price of traditional metal braces for teeth in the U.S. ranges between $3,000 and $7,000. This price can rise if your child…Read Full Article
With or without insurance, the cost of a root canal can vary depending on your specific insurance plan and dentist. If your child is in need of a root canal, you can…Read Full Article
Behind teeth braces, also known as lingual braces, are braces that fit behind the teeth rather than in front. The perk of lingual braces is that they are not easily seen. However,…Read Full Article
If you are wondering what is causing your child's bleeding gums, take him or her to the dentist immediately for a dental exam. The most common cause of bleeding gums is…Read Full Article
If your child has swollen gums, you want to find out the cause as quickly as possible. Swollen gums can be a sign of a serious dental problem like gum…Read Full Article
Children deserve a special dental office—one that can provide high quality service in a fun and relaxed environment. Kool Smiles is a nationwide network of dental offices that treats children. All…Read Full Article
Tooth enamel protects your teeth from chewing, biting, crunching, and grinding. Although enamel is a hard protector of teeth, it can chip and crack. While enamel damage can be prevented,…Read Full Article
If you notice that your child has bleeding gums when they brush or floss, this could be a sign that they have gum disease (gingivitis). Gingivitis causes irritation, redness and swelling of your gums. However,…Read Full Article
If you are searching for a nearby dentist for your child, there is likely a Kool Smiles in your neighborhood. Simply put in your city and state or zip code,…Read Full Article