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Children have a natural attraction toward sweet treats and foods that are high in sugar. When you combine this with a potentially casual stance toward their daily oral hygiene regimen, it puts children at increased risk for cavities and gum health problems.

Fortunately, your child’s routine dental checkups with Dr. Glenn Ong-Veloso and Dr. Joy Helou includes a comprehensive oral examination designed to detect dental health problems and oral development issues. Catching these problems early helps improve treatment options as well as treatment success rates.

If your son or daughter complains of a problem in between your regularly scheduled dental checkups at Glenn Dental, you should take note. Primary teeth are often much smaller than permanent teeth and an undiagnosed cavity could quickly turn into a serious problem.

It can sometimes be tempting to dismiss a seemingly minor cavity with the notion that the tooth will eventually be replaced by its permanent counterpart. Yet without professional intervention the tooth decay could progress leading to a severe infection or a dental abscess deep in your child’s gums.

At the same time children who lose one or more teeth in childhood can be more likely to develop alignment issues with their permanent teeth in adolescence.

After a basic examination of the tooth, our dentist will explain your options for treating the distressed primary tooth. If the area of tooth decay is minimal, we might simply treat it by applying a simple dental filling.

If your child has been complaining about a problem with one of their teeth, you should call 760-284-3060 to set up an appointment at our dental office in Apple Valley, California.