A lot of well-intentioned parents are unsure of why they should bother treating their child’s baby teeth. They’re going to fall out soon anyway, right?
Yes, baby teeth are temporary. But they can’t just fall out anytime. Parents have the responsibility to make sure that baby teeth are kept clean and healthy as long as they’re in the mouth.
If his or her teeth are missing, how can your son or daughter enjoy eating their favorite foods? Teeth are also essential to language development. Painful teeth can distract your child from important learning activities and fun times with friends.
Temporary though they may be, baby teeth are essential for kids to have a happy childhood.
Baby teeth aren’t replaced all at one time. It’s a gradual process. As one tooth is lost, another eventually moves in to fill in the empty space. When the first set of teeth is lost too early, the adult teeth will probably grow in crooked, tipping in whichever direction they please. It’s ideal to lose a baby tooth because an adult tooth is nudging it out rather than to lose it to tooth decay.
When kids lose their baby teeth too soon, the empty gaps can affect the way the rest of the jaw bones and muscles develop. This is a pretty big deal. Not only could the adult teeth need braces one day, but the child could have trouble speaking.
Worried about your child’s baby teeth? Your dentist will let you know everything you can possibly do to help.
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Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry
200 S Oakridge Dr #106
Hudson Oaks, TX 76087
Loving parents are rightly concerned with their children’s dental health. And in view of the fact that baby teeth are ultimately replaced, it makes sense to wonder why we should bother filling a cavity on your child’s baby tooth. To understand why a dentist may recommend treatment, please consider a couple basic principles.
Each Case Is Different
To give you the best answer, your dentist would have to examine your child’s mouth, in person. A baby tooth with a cavity that is not too far advanced may be due to fall out in the next few months. If that appears to be so, then there is not really any need for a filling.
Some spots of decay are too far advanced to be left alone. Baby teeth are not as strong as adult teeth, and cavities quickly spread if treatment is delayed. If the tooth is one that will continue serving your child for more than the year to come, it will likely be in your son or daughter’s best interests to have it filled.
Baby Teeth Are Important!
Baby teeth serve as placeholders for the adult teeth to come. The decay on baby teeth can infect new adult teeth, and prematurely missing baby teeth can allow adult teeth to grow in crooked. Baby teeth with advanced decay can cause your child discomfort and pose the risk of causing a more serious health issue such as a brain infection.
Timely restorative care is invaluable to your child’s health, and his or her health is your dentist’s first priority. Schedule an exam today!
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2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
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