Dental Emergencies

How to know if your child has a cavity?

According to the National Institutes of Health, the most prevalent health condition after the common cold is tooth decay.

If your child has not had a cavity yet, they are likely to develop at least one in their lifetime.

So, how do you know if your child has a cavity? Well, depending on the severity of their tooth decay, your child may experience a variety of symptoms.

Here are some of the 7 accompanying symptoms that your child may be experiencing due to tooth decay.

  1. Nothing
  2. Spontaneous tooth pain
  3. Tooth sensitivity
  4. Pain when your child bites down
  5. Pain when eating something sweet, hot, or cold
  6. Staining (brown, black, or white) on the surface of your child’s tooth
  7. Visible holes in your child’s tooth. Those holes are cavities

The best time to catch a cavity is in the early stages, when there are few, if any, symptoms.

Regular visits allow your child’s dentist to detect early signs of dental disease and decay

Keeping your child’s twice-yearly visits with us will ensure we catch them in time. We are insurance friendly and are a preferred provider for many insurance plans. We’ll even file your claim! Call us today at (907) 562-1003 if you have any questions about payment options for your child’s dental treatment. Full list of excepted insurance plans.

Restoring Children’s Primary and Permanent Teeth

We will let you know the best course of treatment for your particular situation. The recommendation could be as easy as watching and waiting to see if we find any tooth decay in the very early stages. Or, if you are symptomatic, we may have to formulate a more in-depth treatment plan such as white filings, stainless steel crowns, kinder-crowns (white crowns), pulpotomies or extractions.

Brushing two times a day for two minutes is vital to your child’s dental health

As always, your child should brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and try to minimize the amount of sugar in their diet. These steps will help you be proactive in preventing toddler cavities. Even better, your child will thank you for it!

Dr Brant Darby DDS

Dr. J. Brant Darby graduated with honors from The Master’s College with a degree in Biology. He completed his dental training at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, followed by a pediatric dental residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center. He actively served as a dental officer in the United States Army for eight years.

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