Can You Reverse A Cavity?

Cavities in adults are not that uncommon, but did you know that kids can get them too? In fact, the CDC estimates about 52% of children aged six to eight years old gave at least one cavity in their primary teeth. 

If your child has a cavity, you may be very concerned and wonder if there's anything you can do to stop or reverse the process. 

So, can cavities be reversed? 

Here's what you need to know. 

How Do Cavities Develop? 

Cavities, also known as caries, form when tooth decay is left untreated. Whenever we eat, the bacteria in our mouth produce acid. This acid eats away at the tooth enamel, weakening it and leading to tooth decay. 

Lack of proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are usually the main culprits of tooth decay. By brushing your child's teeth regularly, you remove most of the bacteria that can affect their teeth. A professional cleaning can help clean and remove bacteria and plaque from those hard-to-reach areas in your child's mouth. 

The 5 Stages of Tooth Decay 

Tooth decay usually goes through these five stages before it turns into very serious. 

  • Demineralization: This is the first stage of tooth decay when the teeth are constantly exposed to the acids produced by bacteria. 
  • Enamel Decay: As the acids continue to attack your teeth, you may start noticing tiny holes in the enamel. 
  • Dentin Decay: As the decay advances, it will eventually reach the dentin. If this happens, you may start experiencing pain as well. 
  • Pulp Decay: The decay has spread so much that it now reached the pulp. 
  • Abscess: If left untreated, the decay will turn into an infection and cause extreme pain and serious damage. Your teeth are not at risk of extraction. 

Some cavities develop faster than others, so if you notice any sign of decay it's best to take action now. 

Can a Cavity Be Reversed?

The good news is that if you notice the cavity in its early stage of demineralization, then you can reverse it. 

The best thing you can do at this stage is to take good care of your child's oral health. Brush their teeth very well two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Make sure the fluoride concentration is right for their age. You should also limit snacking and the consumption of sugary foods. 

Treatment Options for Cavities 

If the cavity cannot be reversed, then the dentist will consider different treatment options, such as:

  • Fillings
  • Dental sealants 
  • Pulpotomy 
  • Extraction

My Child Has a Cavity. What Next? 

If you suspect that your child may have a cavity, you can get in touch with the team at Kindred Pediatric Dentistry and tell them about the problem. We will be able to help restore your child's oral health. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Meghanne Kruizenga in Beaumont.

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