Your Child’s Tooth Infection: How And What Now?

When you think of serious dental issues, tooth infections, and the like, one of the last things you envision is your child’s nearly pristine grin! How on earth could such a cute, little, brand new tooth become infected, you wonder? Well, the thing is, little ones’ teeth are faced with the same types of problems as grown-up teeth. All it takes is bacteria and the right set of unfortunate circumstances for infection to develop. Remember, of course, that humans’ mouths are full of all types of bacteria! Though this may not sound like a very happy realization, our Dallas, TX team reminds you that preventing such issues and dealing with them is absolutely something we can help you achieve!

Bacteria Can Sneak In Through Any Little Opening

We know that you may imagine that tooth infections come only from years of neglect and broken down dental tissue. However, this isn’t the case. When it comes to the development of infection, all that bacteria need is a way to get into a tooth (even a healthy tooth!). This means that if your child’s tooth has even a little crack or fissure and bacteria make their way in, they may multiply and negatively impact that tooth. Fortunately, when you keep up with checkups and cleanings (and any treatments we suggest), we can keep an eye on teeth to ensure they’re whole, healthy, and protected.

A Cavity Can Become Too Deep

Now, let’s talk about cavities. They seem innocent enough and easily treatable with dental fillings and they are! However, remember what we mentioned about openings that provide bacteria entrance into your child’s tooth: A cavity is a hole. When it becomes deep enough, bacteria gain a new door through which they can enter the interior of that tooth. The result? You guessed it. A tooth infection! Of course, this is a good reason to always schedule fillings immediately when suggested.

How To Address The Problem

You now have a better idea regarding how to prevent tooth infections from developing but what should you do for your child if an infected tooth occurs? Good news: We offer root canal therapy for kiddos, so we may clear the infection and portion of damaged pulp, while protecting the tooth.

Treat Tooth Infections Immediately

If you suspect your child’s tooth is infected, remember to contact us for an urgent visit. Or, if we diagnose an infection and suggest a root canal treatment, schedule it as soon as possible to restore your child’s oral health. Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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