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Dental Cavities in School Aged Children

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What are dental cavities?

Dental cavities, also called caries, are holes in teeth caused by bacteria. The bacteria mix with carbohydrates from foods and create acids. The acids break down areas of enamel, which covers the outside of a tooth.

Tooth Decay

What increases my child's risk for dental cavities?

What are the signs or symptoms of dental cavities?

Your child may not have any symptoms if cavities have just started to form. When cavities reach deeper parts of your child's tooth, he or she may have pain. Your child may also have any of the following:

How are dental cavities diagnosed?

The dentist will look at your child's teeth to check for signs of dental cavities. He or she may also use x-rays to find cavities.

How are dental cavities treated?

How can I help my child prevent dental cavities?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's dentist?

Care Agreement

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