cavities and decay

Did You Know...

Studies show that about 50% of children ages 2-18 have cavities.
If your child has a toothache, irritated gums, or white spots on their teeth, these are all signs of a cavity.
Cavities are often not visible without an x-ray, which is why routine appointments and checkups are so important.
Until children can tie their shoes on their own, they don’t have enough manual dexterity to brush their own teeth.

Cavities: Getting to the Root of the Problem

Cavities are the most common preventable childhood disease. Even if you take proper care of your child’s teeth, it is still likely that at some point during their childhood they will develop a cavity. At Willow Pediatric Dentistry, we make it as easy as possible to get treatment for decay and get your child’s smile back to optimal health.

What Causes Cavities?

Cavities are tiny holes in the outer layer of a tooth, and they are the result of the buildup of bacteria and acids. These substances get caught on teeth, and if they are not removed with proper brushing and flossing habits, they can begin to erode tooth enamel. When a cavity is formed, it can cause pain and sensitivity, and it must be treated with a dental filling to prevent further damage to the tooth.

How Can I Help My Child Avoid Cavities?

A positive oral hygiene routine at home is the best way to help keep your child’s teeth strong. This often means supervising your little one as they brush and floss to ensure that they are using proper form and brushing for at least two minutes at a time. Typically, your child won’t be able to brush their own teeth until they have enough manual dexterity to tie their own shoes. Until then, it is important to brush your child’s teeth to prevent cavities. During preventive appointments, we will offer personalized tips to help keep your little one happy and healthy.

How Do You Treat Cavities?

 This often depends on the age of your child and whether the cavity is in a primary (baby) or permanent tooth. If your child has a cavity in one of their baby teeth, we will often suggest treating it with an amalgam filling. This may discolor your child’s tooth (metal amalgam is a grayish color), but since the tooth will eventually fall out, the color of your child’s filling is often not a concern.

However, if your little one has a cavity in one of their permanent teeth, we will repair it with a composite, tooth-colored filling. Treatment involves removing any damaged tooth material, then using a special dental resin to keep the tooth’s structure intact.

Get in Touch to Book a Visit!

Want to Chat?

Visit us at:

22032 El Paseo, Suite 215
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

See us on:

Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesdays: 8am - 4pm
Thursdays: 8am - 4pm
Fridays: 9am - 5pm
Saturdays: 8am - 3pm