Tooth decay in children: how to prevent and combat it

We don't pay attention to them until they appear, so many parents are concerned about preventing the appearance of caries in their children before the problem worsens. That's why, in this new blog post by Velez & Lozano, your dentist in Murcia, we want to take a closer look at this subject that directly affects children.


As we have explained on previous occasions, to prevent tooth decay we must follow constant hygiene habits and, from the time our baby's first tooth appears, avoid bacterial transmission habits and introduce sugars into our child's diet as late as possible, as recommended by doctors. Clara Serna Muñoz, Mar Hernández López and Macarena Rodríguez Santiagoof the dental clinic Velez & Lozano in Murcia.

Even as babies, children are exposed to what is known as baby bottle tooth decay. To avoid it, as well as not abusing juices or sugary drinks, it is important that babies do not go to bed with a bottle in their mouths.

As children grow up, it is necessary to teach them to maintain a daily dental hygiene routine, including proper brushing and regular visits to the dentist, who will advise them on how to protect their mouth in an effective and easy way, following guidelines adapted to the age of the child.


If caries is still present in your child's mouth, the dentist will advise one treatment or another, depending on the problem and the type of dentition (whether they are baby teeth or permanent teeth).

Everything will depend on whether or not the caries affects the nerve of the tooth. In the case of milk teeth, endodontics is not necessary even if the lesion reaches the nerve: the treatment will be a pulpotomy. On the other hand, the dentist will carry out a filling to obturate the lesion when it has not reached the nerve tissue.

On the other hand, if we are dealing with milk teeth and the caries has created a hole of considerable size, the dentist can solve the problem with a metal crown that allows the child to chew normally and helps the permanent teeth to emerge without problems of space.

Finally, the paediatric dentist may consider it necessary to extract the tooth only if it is unviable because the infection has spread and reached the roots of the tooth. If the child still has the provisional denture, the dentist may suggest placing space maintainers, so that the permanent teeth can erupt without space problems.