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Signs Your Child May Have a Cavity

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Boy with tooth pain. Sometimes, it can be extremely difficult for a parent to discover what is bothering their child, especially when the child is young. Parents are constantly playing investigator, trying to decipher what may be troubling their children. Concerning dental health, it can be difficult to tell if your child has a cavity. Here are some signals to look for.

What Should I Look For?

Are you ready to examine their mouth or start asking questions? There are some signs that your child may have a problem with tooth decay.

Discolored Teeth

One of the most common signs your child may have a cavity is if you notice there is a spot on one of their teeth that they cannot brush away. These spots are a visible signal of dental caries or a cavity. If the spot is white, your child may have the beginnings of a cavity called dental caries. Those dental caries signify that acids have begun to eat away at their tooth enamel. If the spot is black or brown, this may mean that the acids have reached the dentin layer of the tooth. Once the acids reach the dentin, those dental caries become a cavity.


Many children complain of pain from time to time, but if your child has a cavity, they may be experiencing particular pain. For example, your child may say they are experiencing pain when they are eating or drinking hot or cold foods. This is because the cavity may be getting close to their tooth pulp, making their tooth more sensitive.

Your child might also experience pain when they bite down on something, which could also indicate a cavity. If the cavity has reached the middle of the tooth, called the pulp, where the blood vessels and nerves are. This will make the tooth more sensitive as well. Your child may avoid eating specific foods because they are in pain.

No matter what signals you see in their teeth, you must bring your child to the dentist as soon as possible. Why not reach out to us today?

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