Untreated Dental Disease

Dental decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood and is a preventable disease. There is a strong link between a child’s general health and wellbeing and their dental health. Frequently children get used to having discomfort and don’t complain. Younger children or children with communication difficulties may not verbalise what is wrong. They may be out of sorts, off their food or not sleeping. The following are some of the effects of decay in children’s teeth;

Facial swelling caused by infected tooth

Facial swelling caused by infected primary tooth

  • Pain, distress and disruption of family life
  • Infection, dental abscesses and facial swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Discomfort eating
  • Difficulty sleeping or waking at night
  • Poor growth and failure to thrive
  • Poor socialisation and concentration at school
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Dental anxiety and phobias often develop after children have toothache
  • Crowded teeth, impacted teeth and orthodontic problems due to early loss of baby teeth
  • Decay in primary teeth often makes decayed adult teeth more likely
  • Need for hospital admission and general anesthetic
  • Rarely children die from complications of dental infection


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