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“Childhood Dental Caries”: A Small Problem That Can Turn into a Big One

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • If dental caries in children have reached the nerves, resulting in infection and pus, the entire tooth may need to be extracted.
  • Cleaning the mouth and teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride and brushing teeth at least twice a day can help to prevent dental caries in children.

Dental and oral health care is an issue that parents and caretakers should pay close attention and care to. Main causes of tooth decay (caries) in children are eating sweets or snacks too frequently and not cleaning the mouth and teeth thoroughly, which are results of a lack of proper training and oral care and hygiene habits.

Treatment Methods depend on the severity of the decay:

  • If cavities are not too deep, they can be treated with fillings.
  • If tooth decay has reached the pulp, root canal treatment is necessary.
  • If the decay has reached the nerves, resulting in infection and pus, or if the cavity is so deep that it can no longer be treated, the entire affected tooth must be pulled.

Prevention of Dental Caries in Children

  • Clean the mouth and teeth thoroughly using toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Brush teeth at least twice a day—in the morning and before bed.
  • Choose meals and snacks containing less sugar to avoid children developing a sweet-tooth
  • Ensure that children’s diets include foods that are beneficial for the teeth.
  • Have dental checkups every 6 months.

 

“Parents and guardians should guide children, and teach them the correct way to brush their teeth and clean their mouths regularly until the child is well-accustomed to it. This will help to ensure good dental and oral health as they grow up.”


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