The Importance of Treating Children’s Cavities

Oral health is very important for you and your children. Tooth decay can happen at any age and the faster we catch it the better. Visit Anchorage Dental Center for expert dental services. Dr. James Driskell is a professional source for your family dentistry needs in Anchorage, AK.

What Is a Cavity?

A cavity is what happens when tooth decay turns into a hole in the surface of your teeth. Cavities can also form on the sides of teeth or underneath the gums. They are not only annoying, but they can also become painful and dangerous down the road. If left untreated, cavities can turn into an abscess, lead to a root canal, or the eventual loss of a tooth.

Why Is It Important to Treat Children's Cavities?

Most childhood cavities can be handled in one or both of two ways: fillings and sealants. We should start seeing your child for regular family dentistry visits in Anchorage, AK, as soon as the first tooth appears. Dr. Driskell should see your little one no later than the child's first birthday. The sooner we see your child for a visit, the earlier we can spot, prevent, and treat any budding dental concerns.

Fillings are best for when the cavity is small, not very deep, and on a part of your mouth that does not affect chewing ability. Sealants are applied to teeth with pits or grooves to prevent decay from happening there.

If you feel your child has too many cavities, it is important to come in for an exam right away. You can discuss treatment options with our staff to help plan the best treatment course.

Cavities on Baby Teeth

Cavities on baby teeth can cause lots of problems for children if left untreated. Untreated cavities increase the risk that your child will have tooth decay when their adult teeth grow.

You can prevent cavities in baby teeth by brushing, flossing, and limiting the amount of sugary food your child eats. We are glad to demonstrate correct brushing techniques for your child in our office.

Avoid nursing your child to sleep and only put water in the nighttime bottle to prevent early tooth decay in your baby.

Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene help prevent cavities in your child's teeth.

Please visit us at Anchorage Dental Center for expert dental care. Family dentistry services in Anchorage, AK, are available to you in a warm and friendly environment. Call us at (907) 278-2521 to make an appointment with Dr. Driskell today.

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