Many adults are familiar with tooth pain. Even someone who cares for their teeth well can still develop a cavity that causes them to feel pain. But what many people don't realize is that children's teeth are also very susceptible to infections as well. This is why it is so important that parents understand what they need to look for in children to prevent abscessed teeth and infections. Here are a couple things you need to know.
Children's Cavities Can Develop Quickly
Because children's teeth are so small, their cavities can develop quickly. For instance, as an adult you go to the dentist every 6 months and are able to catch cavities right in the beginning. If you are up-to-date on your checkups and cleanings you generally shouldn't be having major dental work. However, children still may need major dental work even if they are being seen often. The dentist may not detect any problems when the child is seen in January, but then by July they need a crown because a cavity has become so severe. This is why it is important to listen to a child. If they are complaining about discomfort or pain, there is a chance that there is a large cavity.
Watch Closely For Lumps and Swelling
If your child does have an infected tooth it is likely that the infection will spread to the gums. First, it will be a cavity that attacks the tooth and then as it becomes deeper it will sink into the gums, causing the infection. Many times you will notice that there is a small bump on the gums around the tooth that has a cavity. The child's face may swell around the area, and they will probably complain of pain. If you notice this problem, do not ignore it. An infection can be very serious and can cause long-term damage.
Get The Child To The Dentist Right Away
The moment you suspect something is wrong you should call the dentist. If the tooth is infected they will need to prescribe the child antibiotics to fight the infection before they can operate on the tooth. Depending on the tooth that is infected and if the tooth is a baby tooth, they may choose to extract it, or they may do a root canal. The important thing to understand is that the infection will not go away on its own. You need to seek professional treatment and do it before the infection spreads.
By understanding how to care for your child's infected tooth, you can make sure that they are safe and healthy. For more information, contact a dentist like Dr. Steven W. Hogg D.D.S.