Pediatric Dentist Advice: How to Tell Your Child Has a Cavity

Pediatric Dentist Advice: How to Tell Your Child Has a Cavity
A pediatric dentist can tell you some things are just unavoidable in the life as a child, and
cavities are one of those instances. With all the prodding and encouragement to brush and floss
well every day, and to make healthy food choices, your child may still end up getting a cavity.
Your pediatric dentist can easily fix the issue once determined, and here are a few ways to tell
that your child is dealing with a cavity:Your child chews on only one side of their mouth. If you have a young child, they may not be able to properly communicate they’re suffering from pain in their mouth. If you can see that your child is consistently choosing to chew food on only one side of their mouth, and it’s always
the same side, your child probably has a cavity.

You can see chalky white spots on your child’s teeth. When your child flashes a smile, and you can easily see white spots or other discolorations on their teeth/tooth, that is a sign that they
have developed a cavity. Schedule an appointment with your pediatric dentist right away to have it looked at.

Your child complains about pain while brushing. It may not be unusual for your child to complain about having to brush their teeth, but it may be abnormal for them to complain about pain while brushing. This is a key sign they are suffering from tooth sensitivity and most likely a cavity.

Your child has a visibly swollen cheek. If you can tell that one of your child’s cheek is swollen compared to the other, that’s a sign something is out of whack, and needing to be immediately
checked out. If your child can’t recall recently falling or bumping into something that may have caused a swollen cheek, be sure to call your pediatric dentist right away.

Prepare your child for their filling appointment. The best thing you can do for your child is to try to diminish any fears they have of seeing the dentist. If you appear to be calm with a positive
attitude, your child will be more likely to not feel as nervous. Showing your child books and pictures of children seeing the dentist, will help to explain that it is a normal and positive experience.

How to prevent cavities in the future. Once your child has seen your pediatric dentist and has gotten their cavity filled, there are certain foods and drinks you should limit as much as possible.
Try to avoid giving your child sugary soda or fruit juice, avoid sticky foods like toffee and other types of candy, and try to see your pediatric dentist twice a year for checkups.

If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms described above, be sure to contact your dental practitioner immediately to schedule an appointment. Your pediatric dentist will be able to
confirm whether your child has a cavity, and the next steps needed to fix the problem along with
tips on cavity prevention.

6 thoughts on “Pediatric Dentist Advice: How to Tell Your Child Has a Cavity”

  1. I’m usually very observant, but at first, I was totally oblivious about Stan’s cavity not until I read your article. I’m glad I did as not too long ago I noticed he’d always chew on one side of his mouth. After asking a few questions he confided in me that he’d been experiencing pain while brushing. We’ve been in to see the dentist to fill his cavities and he feels so much better. Talk about timely information.

  2. I recently started working in a children’s home, and I’m usually involved in giving them demonstrations about how to go about certain health issues. What I found most interesting is that sometimes trying to convince kids that seeing a dentist is one of the easiest things they can do is usually an uphill task. I’ll keep your advice in my mind when next I have to speak to them about seeing a dentist for cavity related problems. Great article.

  3. The examples show that the writer really does have first-hand experience with cavity problems with kids. Just getting my son, Jamie to brush his teeth was beginning to be a problem but I just felt it was usual for a child his age. He complained of pain is his teeth recently and we had to go see a dentist. At least now I know there are signs to look for if this happens with my other son who is just 2 years old. But keeping them away from candy may be problem

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