October 5, 2021

Early Cavity Detection

At Playtime Pediatric Dental Clinic in Vancouver and South Surrey, we know that caring for your child’s teeth is essential. Our goal is to help your family establish good oral care habits early to maintain a lasting healthy smile. We always focus on pediatric dentistry fundamentals and continuously evolve our practice to provide the best pediatric dentistry care to achieve these goals. At the core, pediatric dentistry is about compassion, effectiveness, and safety. As parents, you need to schedule your child’s first dental at six months after the first tooth has erupted, and we will make sure the experience is comfortable. 

Early Cavity Detection Insight

Baby teeth are essential to your child’s health and development as they hold a spot for permanent teeth to come in correctly. Baby teeth help them with chewing, as well as facial and speech development. If there is tooth decay in primary teeth, it’s essential to address it before it becomes a severe problem. Early cavity detection means treatment will be easier, faster, more affordable, and less invasive.  Read more about How Often Your Child Should Have a Check-Up.

Diagnosing A Cavity

Your dentist can usually detect tooth decay by asking your child about tooth pain and sensitivity. This is followed by examining their mouth and teeth, which involves probing their teeth with dental instruments to check for soft areas. The final step is to look at dental X-rays, showing the extent of cavities and decay. Next, our dentist will tell you which of the three types of cavities they have found, smooth surface, pit, and fissure, or root.

Smooth Surface Cavities

In its earliest stage, smooth surface tooth decay can be reversed. For example, fluoride can help to remineralize areas of early decay in smooth surfaces. Another option is treatment with specialized resin that blocks tiny holes in smooth surface enamel, preventing the growth of bacteria and halting the progress of decay.

Pit and Fissure Cavities

Early cavity detection is vital in finding pit and fissure cavities. Pit and fissure are located on the rear molars within the grooves on the chewing surface of the teeth. Food easily sticks to these grooves, which makes it easy for cavities to form. The early detection of this type of cavity means treatment is a simple as using a sealant or some fluoride. Once the cavity becomes more profound, a dentist will need to remove decay and restore the tooth with fillings or a root canal and crowns.

Early Cavity Detection and Treating Tooth Decay Early

With prompt treatment, almost every type of cavity is treatable without much trouble. However, when treatment is delayed, expensive and lengthy treatments usually become inevitable. There is also a chance of developing pain and infection. This is why it’s so important to maintain regular dental checkups to help detect unknown problems before they evolve into serious and costly dental problems. 

Modern Pediatric Dentistry Equipment and Materials

At Playtime Pediatric Dentistry, we invest in proven, modern equipment and materials to make appointments safer, speedier, more effective, and pleasant. Our dentists stay up to date on recent advancements in dental treatment, and collectively our team is known for providing exceptional service to care for your child. Read more to determine if your child has a cavity.

“I am extremely happy with our experience, all the staff we have met are extremely friendly and helpful. Dr Ella Choi and her staff have been wonderful and patient with my son that has an anxiety disorder and have done all they can to try to calm him. All dental work and costs that have been needed have been explained in detail and they take the time to make sure you understand what is involved. I have been to other Pediatric Dentistry Clinics and have often felt rushed. Thank you all at Playtime Pediatric Dentistry I appreciate all you have done for us. - Daniella D.”