Caring for our kid’s teeth is about more than just helping them to stay cavity free. Good dental habits established early on also protects their overall heart health later in life too.
According to research findings that studied over 700 kids from 1980-2007, those children that had some signs of oral infections and inflammation were found to have artery damage such as the thickening of the artery walls later in life. Poor oral health can also lead to issues like cardiovascular disease in adulthood.
Seeing a dentist for regular check-ups and starting a dental hygiene routine early are the best defense. Since any signs of a cavity or other infection can be found and treated quickly, it will reduce the factors that lead to larger health problems as they age.
Here are some signs to look out for that may indicate your child is experiencing dental discomfort.
Signs Your Child Has a Cavity
- Visible Spots on their Teeth – White or brown spots on the teeth are known signs of a dental carry which leads to a cavity. If you spot these early on the cavity can be treated before it even causes discomfort for your child.
- Bleeding Gums – If your child says they notice pink spit when they are brushing this is an indication that their gums may be bleeding – which means gingivitis or other concern is arising.
- Sensitivity – One of the most common indicators that a tooth has a cavity is increased sensitivity to temperature changes. As soon as they begin to complain of pain when eating hot or cold foods it’s a warning that cavities are happening.
Don’t wait it out and see if your child gets better. Seeing a dentist at the first signs of an issue with your child’s teeth is important.
CT Pediatric Dentistry focuses specifically on allowing children to feel comfortable and at ease while at the dentist. We kid-friendly practices ensure they make it through treatment and even feel okay with coming back again.