What Causes Cavities in Children?

Cavities During the Early Childhood Development Stages

Children’s Cavities

Cavities are one of the most common dental problems in children. According to the CDC,
more than half of children aged 6-8 have had at least one cavity in their baby teeth.

Importance of mouth development and childhood

Establishing good dental hygiene during childhood helps with setting good habits as
children get older. Having healthy teeth can lead to improved speech, dental disease
prevention, and help with healthy adult teeth.

Causes of Cavities in Children

Cavities in children can be caused by a variety of factors:

● Bacteria
● Acid
● Saliva
● Food with sugars and starches
Common foods that cause cavities are candy, soda, juice, and other items that become
acidic in your child’s mouth. When you eat these types of food, the bacteria in your mouth
creates acid, which can harm the enamel on your teeth.

Enamel is the hard layer on the outside of your teeth that protects the inner tooth. If it is
harmed, it does not regrow or fix itself, which is why it is important to take care of your teeth.

Does Halloween Candy Cause Cavities?

Eating lots of candy without brushing your teeth immediately after can cause cavities, but it
has the same amount of risk as other foods that have sugar or starch in them. The candy
itself does not cause cavities, but the mouth bacteria will if not brushed away.

How to identify if your child has a cavity

Cavities left untreated can be painful and can lead to tooth decay and infection, which can
only be fixed through extensive procedures or tooth removal.
Common symptoms of cavities include:
● Pain when biting down
● White spots
● Tooth sensitivity (especially to food or drink temperature)
● Toothache
● Holes in teeth

Do you think your child has a cavity? Contact us today to schedule an appointment!