Cavities and tooth decay are so common that you may not take them seriously. And you may think that it doesn't matter if children get cavities in their baby teeth. However, cavities and tooth decay can have serious and lasting complications, even for children who don't have their permanent teeth yet.

Complications may include:

  • Pain
  • Tooth abscess
  • Pus around a tooth, especially when you press on your gums
  • Broken teeth
  • Chewing problems
  • Positioning shifts of permanent teeth after losing baby teeth prematurely

When cavities and decay become severe, you may have:

  • Pain that interferes with daily living, preventing you from going to school or work
  • Weight loss or nutrition problems from painful or difficult eating or chewing
  • Tooth loss, which may affect your appearance, as well as your confidence and self-esteem
  • In rare cases, a tooth abscess that can cause serious or even life-threatening infections
May 30, 2014