Does My Child Have A Cavity?


Kids are very susceptible to cavities, in fact, as soon as a tooth erupts, the risk of cavities is there. But how do you know if your child has one, and when should you bring him or her in to see your El Paso, TX, dentists? We’re talking cavity treatment and prevention in today’s blog!

Possible Warning Signs to Watch For

The outer layer of tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the human body, actually protects the tooth from issues like tooth decay and infection. However, if poor oral hygiene weakens this layer and erodes it, then bacteria can reach the inner layers of dentin, causing a cavity to form. As the decay grows and spreads, discomfort develops. Common causes include diets high in sugary and starchy foods, and sugary beverages, which provides particles for bacteria to break down. During this process, the teeth are coated in a layer of plaque. A sticky bacterial byproduct, plaque weakens enamel and inflames gum tissue, and can only be removed with a dental cleaning. Since we’re staying home for the time being, preventing serious buildup is crucial for keeping smiles healthy.

When to Seek Treatment

You should contact our team if your child complains about pain when eating hot or cold foods and drinks, or about aches in the teeth. Tooth sensitivity and toothaches are often warning signs of a cavity, and indicate that the cavity has reached the later stages, so the threat of infection increases unless treatment is administered quickly. Contact our office so we can examine the smile and see if there is decay in need of treatment. If so, we can remove the decay, clean the tooth, and apply a metal-free composite resin, a blend of glass and acrylic that we can shade to match the color of the tooth structure. In one visit, we halt the decay and prevent an infection!

Preventing Further Cavities

To avoid cavities, make sure your kids are brushing in the morning and again at night, using a toothpaste with fluoride. Each session should last about two minutes. Also make sure your little ones are flossing every night before bed. Try to cut back on sugary and starchy snacks, avoid candies and potato chips. Instead, offer fruits, veggies, low-fat yogurt, sugar-free gum, nuts, or cheeses. Instead of sodas, energy drinks, or sports drinks, encourage them to drink more water!


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we know how vital routine care is for children of all ages. For more information on children’s treatments or to schedule your next consultation, contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.