ADA Accessibility Information



How to Treat Tooth Decay in Children

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Andrew Admin
Cracked tooth graphic.Tooth decay is mostly common in kids. It occurs due to poor teeth cleaning techniques and consumption of sugary items. When the bacteria feed on the sugary food particles, they release acids that erode the enamel. This leads to decay and holes in the teeth. If left untreated, bacteria can invade the pulp, causing pain, infections, and tooth loss. The good news is that pediatric dentists can treat tooth decay more effectively than ever before. Learn three common procedures for treating decay in kids:

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is part of preventative dentistry. It keeps the enamel strong, hence protecting your kid from decay. Do you know that fluoride can also reverse the early stages of tooth decay? It helps to slow down demineralization while putting back lost minerals into the tooth. The treatment may involve professional fluoride varnish procedures or fluoride toothpaste.

Root Canal

If not treated at the early stages, decay can reach the pulp, causing severe pain and sensitivity. At this point, the tooth is severely damaged, and the only way to save the tooth is through a root canal procedure. This involves removing the decayed part and administering medication to clear any infection. The dentist may then restore the tooth by replacing the decayed part with dental fillings. A dental crown may also be vital in improving the teeth' appearance and functionality while protecting the tooth against bacteria.

Tooth Extraction

When ignored, decay can progress and damage the entire tooth, including the roots. At this point, the tooth is beyond repair. Therefore, a dentist may suggest extraction to stop the progression of infection. After teeth removal, a restoration procedure may follow to replace the missing tooth. Filling in the gaps improves the smile, enhances brushing, and prevents teeth shifting. Book an appointment with our pediatric dentists and learn more about the treatments available for tooth decay.

Copyright © 2020-2024 Davis Dental Practice and WEO Media (Touchpoint Communications LLC). All rights reserved.  Sitemap
About Us • Dentist Davis, CA • Davis Dental Practice
At Davis Dental Practice, we strive to develop long-lasting, trusting relationships with all of our patients. Click here to learn more about us and call today!
Davis Dental Practice, 2800 5th Street, Suite 100 Davis, CA 95618 • (530) 756-5300 • • 4/20/2024 • Key Phrases: dentist Davis CA •