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Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry -  - Pediatric Dentistry

Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry & Dentistry located in Oklahoma City, OK & Midwest City, OK

Around 20% of children aged 5-11 and 13% of kids 12-19 current have at least one untreated cavity. At the two locations of Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry in Oklahoma City and Midwest City, Oklahoma, the experienced team emphasizes great oral health for kids of all ages. The caring dental team treats cavities and also helps with preventive care so your child can avoid them in the future. Special needs adults are welcome, too. Call the office to schedule an appointment today.

Cavity Q & A

What are cavities?

Cavities are areas of tooth decay within the tooth enamel. Eventually, the damage can work into the dentin — the tooth layer under the enamel — and can continue to grow larger.

Cavities are essentially holes in the teeth where the healthy tooth structure is missing. Children are particularly likely to develop cavities, although they occur in adults as well. 

Why do cavities develop?

All children (and adults) continually produce plaque, a sticky film containing a high amount of bacteria. Normally, you brush plaque away. But, when your child has plaque and they eat starchy or sugary foods like candy, bread, soda, and fruit juice, it triggers the bacteria within the plaque to create acids that destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities. 

What are the symptoms of cavities in children?

Small cavities are often symptomless, which is one reason why regular exams with your child's dentist at Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry are so important. Your child's dentist can diagnose cavities early through comprehensive exams and X-ray imaging. 

If your child shows any of the following symptoms, they may have a cavity.

  • White spots on teeth — a sign of enamel breakdown
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth color change
  • Pain around the tooth

When you suspect a cavity, don’t fear. The Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry team has effective solutions to save your child's tooth.

How are cavities treated?

Fillings are the most common treatment. Most fillings are made from composite resin, a flexible material that your child's dentist matches to their tooth color to make the filling almost invisible. If your child needs a very large filling, a crown might be needed to fit over the tooth to maintain stability and function.

How can I help my child prevent cavities?

The Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry team can recommend specific preventive measures, such as:

  • Brushing twice a day in two-minute sessions
  • Floss every day
  • Limit sugar intake

Your child's pediatric dentist might also recommend supplemental fluoride and dental sealants — a thin plastic coating that helps protect molars from decay.

If you suspect your child has a cavity, or you just need a check-up and cavity prevention tips, you can rely upon the Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry team. Call the office to book now.