Side Effects of Pediatric Tooth Decay

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Yes, baby teeth eventually fall out and get replaced by permanent, adult teeth. But childhood tooth decay can permanently alter your child’s quality of life if it isn’t intercepted soon enough. If you’re thinking about holding off on scheduling that pediatric dental treatment, here are some crucial reasons not to:

Premature Tooth Loss Can Cause Significant Growth Complications

If a severely decayed baby tooth has to be extracted, it can permanently alter the growth patterns of the jaw, including alignment of the surrounding teeth. Impacted teeth, orthodontic concerns, and facial profile changes are a common side effect. Bottom line: treat the cavity early so your child doesn’t lose the tooth too soon.

Decay Can Easily Spread Into Adjacent Teeth

Cavities are bacterial infections that — left untreated — spread to neighboring teeth as well as underlying, developing adult teeth, leading to a lifetime of dental needs.

Tooth Pain Can Lead to Missed Days at School

Did you know that dental diseases are the top reason given for missed school days? Cavities are the most common childhood disease in the United States.

Dental Abscesses May Cause Serious Facial or Brain Infections

Although rare, abscesses (caused by untreated pediatric tooth decay) can evolve into severe facial or brain infections that require hospitalization and may be life-threatening.

Pediatric Tooth Decay Impacts Speech Development

Changes in your child’s dental health can delay speech development or contribute to impediments.

Your Child’s Self-Esteem is Affected

Children who feel embarrassed by their teeth are known to experience significant side-effects related to their confidence and self-esteem.

Looking for a Family Dentist?

Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers comprehensive care for your entire family. If your child has a suspected cavity, call us today to request an exam.

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1816 Independence Square, Suite B,
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Tel: (770) 399-9199

Practice Hours

Mon - Thr 7:00am - 4:00pm
Friday Open until 1pm
(on the Fridays we are open)