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Prosper Dentist: Kids and Tooth Decay

February 20, 2014
Posted By: Vimal Patel
pediatric dentistry | Prosper TX

Parents often struggle to get their kids to brush their teeth, and even if they succeed, there is no guarantee that the brushing will be thorough. For these reasons, regular dental visits are imperative to keep an eye on any new developments in the oral health of young children. If areas of their mouths are neglected, tooth decay will not be far behind. Here to discuss tooth decay in children in your Prosper dentist, Dr. Vimal Patel.


Cavities and Children

Cavities are the result of bacteria’s attacks on teeth. Bacteria in the mouth form a sticky, clear film called plaque that adheres to the surface of teeth. From this position, the bacteria are capable of consuming any lingering sugars in the mouth and producing an acid byproduct that can strip teeth of their enamel. Because bacteria have adhered to teeth, the attack remains focused in a single spot, increasing the likelihood of a cavity. At first glance, it may seem that a cavity in a baby tooth is nothing to worry about. After all, children have a second set of teeth waiting in reserve. However, an untreated cavity in a baby tooth can spell major trouble and, in a few very rare cases, has led to death. The trouble is that a tooth that has developed a cavity has a weaker defense against bacteria. If the cavity is not filled, bacteria may reach the tooth’s innermost layer called the pulp and cause an infection. If the pulp becomes infected, the tooth may die and fall out. However, the infection may not die with the tooth. It is possible that the infection could spread throughout the mouth or even into the body. In the few cases that an untreated cavity has led to death, the infection spread to the brain. So if you notice any discoloration in your child’s teeth, or if your child complains about a tooth, don’t neglect to seek care from your Prosper children’s dentist, Dr. Patel.

Schedule a Visit with Your Prosper Children’s Dentist

When was the last time your child visited the dentist? If it has been more than six months, the time has come for a checkup. Contact our 75078 dentist office to schedule an appointment with your Prosper children’s dentist, Dr. Patel, by calling 972-347-9617. We serve patients from Prosper and the surrounding communities.

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