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      What Are the Early Warning Signs of Cavities in Children?

      A child's bright smile is a joy to behold. But cavities, also known as tooth decay or dental caries, can threaten the health of those tiny teeth. Fortunately, catching cavities early can minimize damage and ensure a lifetime of good oral health for your child.

      The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) recommend regular dental checkups starting at age one. But how can you spot potential trouble in between visits? Here's what to watch out for:

      Most Common Visible Signs of Cavities

      Chalky, white spot lesions on children’s teeth

      Photo credit: Arizona Department of Health Services

      White or brown marks on the tooth near the gum line that resist brushing

      Photo credit: The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
      Child's teeth with cavities

      Brown band on the teeth, broken down tooth enamel

      Common Symptoms of Cavities

      The symptoms of cavities vary from one child to another. Early cavities don’t always show symptoms until the dentist finds it, but your child may feel:

      Early Intervention is Key

      If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment with your child's pediatric dentist. Early detection and treatment can prevent cavities from worsening and potentially causing pain or infection.

      Our pediatric dentists recommend brushing with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste twice a day for two minutes, daily flossing, and regular check-ups and cleaning appointments to help keep your child's smile healthy and cavity-free.

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