Cavities are small holes that can sometimes form in your child’s teeth. These holes are caused by the natural bacteria in the mouth combining with sugars from food. If not properly taken care of by good oral hygiene habits, this combination creates an acid that eats away at the enamel that protects the teeth. Once the enamel is worn away, these holes can begin to form on the surface of your teeth.
There are three different types of cavities- Smooth surface cavities, which create holes on the smooth sides of the front or back of the teeth; Root cavities, which develop on the surface of the tooth directly over the roots, and pit and fissure cavities, which create holes on the top or chewing surface of the teeth.
If cavities are not treated promptly, they can grow bigger and deeper, affecting more and more layers of your child’s teeth. This can be very painful and may even lead to losing the tooth altogether.
Cavities usually cause pain and sensitivity; so if your child is complaining of a toothache, please make an appointment with Dr. Brady at Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry, located in Parker, Colorado.
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