Tooth decay is among the world's most common health problems and is an increasing concern for children in the UK. In fact tooth decay in children is now considered to be the most common childhood disease.
Tooth decay is damage to a tooth caused by dental plaque which turns sugars into acid. Increased levels of plaque can lead to issues such as cavities (also called tooth decay or caries) and gum disease.
Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of the teeth that develop into tiny openings or holes. Cavities are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks, and insufficient or irregular cleaning of the teeth.
Decay can be symptom free and may only be identified by your dentist during a routine examination. If decay is already visible in the mouth and your child is experiencing pain, then the decay has likely reached deeper levels and your child should see the dentist immediately.
There are a number of tooth decay treatment options available for your child such as:
One of the best ways to reduce the impact of tooth decay is to prevent it happening in the first place, which is something we promote strongly at the clinic, especially at our preventative spa, the Toothbrushing School.
We tailor our treatment options depending on the specific needs of each child.