Tooth decay is also called 'dental caries'. It’s a disease that causes damage to the tooth structure. If bits of food are left on the teeth after a drink or meal, the germs in your mouth (called plaque) can turn those tiny bits of food into acid.
The signs and symptoms of cavities vary, depending on their extent and location. When a cavity is just beginning, there might not be any symptoms at all. As the decay gets larger, it may cause signs like tooth ache, sensitivity, etc.
Even though they are temporary, your child's baby teeth are important, and are still susceptible to cavities. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, or Early Childhood Caries.
Soft drinks are no longer an occasional treat. They've become a daily habit for a growing number of people, especially kids, teens and young adults. A steady diet of soft drinks is a leading cause of tooth decay.
While some foods invite tooth decay, others help combat plaque buildup and help keep teeth and gums healthy. Learn more about the foods to seek out and foods to avoid to help keep your child's smile sparkling.
Here are also some natural remedies for tooth decay that can help provide relief and maintain good oral health. Also, consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Here is information for parents and caregivers from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about causes of tooth decay, signs of tooth decay, and how to prevent tooth decay.