Cavities and Fillings
Cavities are one of the most common dental problems that kids face. They occur when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that erode tooth enamel, leading to decay. These tiny holes in the teeth can cause pain and discomfort if left untreated.
When a child has a cavity, a filling is often needed to restore the tooth. The dentist will first remove the decayed portion of the tooth using special tools. Once all the decay is removed, a filling material will be used to fill in the hole and protect the tooth from further damage.
Fillings can be made from different materials, such as composite resin or amalgam. Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored and blend in with natural teeth, making them popular for front teeth. Amalgam fillings are silver-colored and durable, making them ideal for back teeth where chewing forces are heavier.
It's important to address cavities early on because leaving them untreated can lead to more serious oral health issues down the line. Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene practices at home play crucial roles in preventing cavities altogether.
Remember: prevention is always better than cure!