Does Your Child Have a Cavity?

does your child have a cavityTaking care of your child’s oral health is probably at the top of your list. You want to make sure they have the best chance at good health overall. Sometimes, no matter what you do, your children can get cavities. That happens even with the best oral hygiene routines. So how can you tell if your child has a cavity? What are some of the signs and symptoms you should watch out for? Check out the list below to see if your child could possibly have a cavity.

White Spots

Sometimes cavities first start to form as a white spot on your child’s tooth. It can be a small spot that is discolored. It is best to watch it or have your dentist check it out if you notice it, to ensure it is not a problem.

Light Brown Spots

If you see a light brown spot show up on your child’s teeth, it could be a cavity beginning to form. The best thing to do is have your dentist check it so they can start fixing it now if it is the beginning stages.


Your child may experience sensitivity to sweet foods or cold items that they are eating. This is because the nerve can become exposed and cause pain in the teeth.

Black Spot

When the cavity is progressing it will turn darker and can even start to cause holes in the teeth. You do not want to let it go any farther before seeing the dentist. If you can get there before this stage, it’s even better.

Common Causes of Cavities

A few common causes for cavities include diets high in carbohydrates and sugar, poor hygiene, bacteria, and the age of your child. Some people are at risk for more tooth decay problems than others. To help your child have the best chance at great oral health, you should see your dentist regularly. They should start at an early age so that problems that develop can be caught and repaired quickly.

If you are concerned your child may have these common signs of cavities or have questions, please contact Tooth Fairy Smiles.