How do you know if your child has cavities?

It can be difficult to detect cavities in children, especially if the child is too young to express their concerns and pain. However, there are some signs that a child may have caries or cavities:

  1. Pain or discomfort - If the child complains of pain or discomfort in the teeth or mouth, it could be a sign of tooth decay or cavities.

  2. Visible marks - If there are marks, dark spots or holes visible on the teeth, it may be a sign of tooth decay. Sometimes it may look like a small piece of the tooth has broken off.

  3. Sensitivity - If the child reacts with sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods, it may indicate tooth decay or cavities.

  4. Bad breath - Caries can cause bad breath, especially if the tooth is severely damaged or infected.

  5. Increased tooth sensitivity - If your child suddenly begins to have sensitivity or pain in a tooth that previously caused no problems, it may be a sign of tooth decay or a cavity.

If you suspect that your child has caries or cavities, you should make an appointment with your dentist for an examination. The earlier the problem is detected and treated, the better the chances of preserving the teeth and avoiding serious complications.