The Top Reasons To Visit A Pediatric Dental Clinic

Why should your child go to the dentist? There isn't one reason for every child to visit a pediatric dental clinic. But there are a few common reasons to schedule an appointment at a clinic—such as Dentistry For Children & Adolescents. Take a look at the top times when a children's dental care specialist appointment is more than important—it's necessary.

Your Child Is In Pain

Does your child have a toothache, gum irritation, or other pain in their mouth? Never ignore pain, pressure, sensitivity, or discomfort. These are signs of possible problems. While every dental pain doesn't equal a serious oral issue, it's always better to have a professional examine and assess your child's teeth, gums, and mouth.

Whether your child has a cavity, the beginning stages of periodontal (gum) diseases, a cracked tooth, or another dental injury, a pediatric dentist can find the cause of the pain and recommend a treatment. Not only can the dentist eliminate (or at least, reduce) dental discomfort, they can correct the underlying problem and improve your child's oral health.

Your Child Could Have A Cavity

More than half of children six to eight years have had at least one cavity in a primary tooth, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As children age, the likelihood of developing a cavity doesn't decrease. The CDC's statistics show that while 52 percent of six to eight-year-olds have had a cavity in a baby tooth, 47 percent of 12 to 19-year-olds have had a cavity in an adult (permanent) tooth.

Left untreated, a cavity can cause a serious oral infection. If your child has a toothache, sensitivity to hot/cold/sweet foods and beverages, or discoloration on a tooth, contact the dentist. Even though a cavity may cause pain or discomfort, some smaller areas of dental decay may not have symptoms. This makes it essential for your child to visit the dentist regularly.

The dentist's examination may reveal cavities in spaces that are difficult to see. A routine exam may also include dental x-rays. These images help the dentist to find, and treat, hidden areas of decay. 

Your Child's Cavity Requires A Dental Restoration

How will the dentist treat a cavity? The dentist will remove the decayed area first. After removing the decayed tooth, the dentist will fill the hole. Common filling types include composite, amalgam, ceramic, and metal. A composite resin filling is one of the most popular options for children and teens. This type of filling is tooth-colored, durable, and long-lasting.