August 01, 2023
“If not treated in time, tooth decay can progress to compromise the dental nerve, causing intense pain and infections that can lead to fever, discomfort, and facial swelling. In extreme cases, hospitalization may be required, so it is essential to address cavities early to avoid complications,” warns Dr. Miriam Oscanoa, a pediatric dentist at our clinic.
Why does tooth decay occur?
The main cause of tooth decay is the consumption of sugars, which is aggravated by poor brushing technique. Bacteria present in the mouth interact with sugars, producing acids that dissolve tooth enamel. These acids weaken the teeth, forming white spots that, if left untreated, become extensive cavities.
How are lesions caused by tooth decay treated?
In the initial stages, there are white spots that are located near the gum, these lesions can be reversed with fluoride applications and improving hygiene and eating habits, without the need for restorative treatments. However, in more advanced cases where cavities are formed, it is necessary to perform restorations and sealings using different materials.
How to prevent tooth decay in children?
The key is to change dental hygiene habits at home. Here are some important tips to help your child have strong, healthy teeth:
Dr. Miriam Oscanoa
Pediatric dentist at our Clínica Ricardo Palma