Tooth Decay In Children’s Teeth

July 18, 2019

Dental decay is Australia’s most common health problem.

What is dental decay?

Dental decay is a disease of the teeth caused by bacteria.  

Known in the dental community as caries, decay results in ‘holes’ or ‘cavities’ occurring in the tooth as a result of the bacterial activity.  When decay is mild, it may only cause mild discomfort in the child’s tooth, but when it is advanced, it can result in terrible toothache, and even infection.

Dental decay is Australia’s most common health problem.  

Here are some facts regarding its impact:

The most concerning conclusion from the facts mentioned above is that dental caries is a 100% preventable disease in ALL children.

What causes tooth decay in children?

Decay is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth.  Not every child develops decay, and not every child needs to!  The bacteria can be kept under control by…

How do I treat dental decay in my kids?

When decay has already started in a tooth, the bacteria needs to be cleaned out.

This is usually done by performing a filling, where the “diseased” tooth structure is removed and replaced with a dental material. Decay is an ongoing process, and the longer it is left the more damaging (and expensive) it becomes. If the bacteria is left there long enough it has the potential to reach the nerve of the tooth.  If the bacteria reaches the nerve, it will likely result in your child experiencing a toothache (which means infection is present), meaning the treatment becomes far more complex for your child and can even eventuate in tooth loss.

Early loss of teeth due to decay may lead to spacing problems with the adult teeth later on. It may also affect your child’s chewing and overall appearance (and therefore confidence) before their adult teeth arrive. This is why we believe…

At Adelaide Quality Dental we believe that prevention is better than cure!

Having your child’s baby teeth checked regularly is essential to make sure there is no decay, and if there is, that it is dealt with early on.

For more information about looking after your child’s dental health and why this is so important see our article on basic facts about your child’s teeth.

If you would like your child’s teeth checked with a dentist or our oral health therapist, please contact Adelaide Quality Dental.

Call us on (08) 8346 3940 or get in touch via our contact form.

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