Since teeth cannot regenerate new tissue to heal themselves after injury, a cavity will only worsen when it goes untreated. Our pediatric dentist specializes in treating the oral healthcare needs of children in our area. To help remedy the effects of tooth decay, our practice encourages that parents help establish a foundation of good oral health by promoting proper oral hygiene practices in the home as well as bringing children to our practice for regular cleanings and checkups.
How Untreated Tooth Decay Affects Children
Undiagnosed cavities can wreak havoc on a child’s life. Since decay that isn’t treated professionally will only worsen, what was once a small area of decay can become a deeply diseased tooth that is infected and at risk for abscess. Badly damaged teeth can produce moderate to severe discomfort, normally because the root canal inside the tooth becomes infected. The root canal contains nerve endings, which relay sensations of pain. This is why deeply decayed teeth can produce painful symptoms.
The pain and discomfort associated with badly decayed teeth can impede a child’s ability to eat food and speak properly. Children with untreated dental issues can fall behind in social and academic development because their quality of life is greatly reduced.
When cavities are detected early on, our pediatric dentist can provide conservative treatments like fillings. If your child shows signs of being vulnerable to tooth decay, our team can administer preventive services like dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
Call our family-friendly practice, Richardson Dentistry, today to reserve a checkup with our pediatric dentist.