It’s easy to think that your child doesn’t really need to have a baby tooth filled. After all, it will fall out soon, right? There’s actually a lot more to it.
Here are 5 reasons you shouldn’t ever ignore that cavity in your child’s baby tooth.
A primary (baby) tooth is a placeholder and guide for the adult one to follow. If it falls out too soon from decay, the adult tooth may grow in crooked. Even worse, decay from a baby tooth can damage the permanent one before it even makes it to the surface.
Cavities are extremely contagious between teeth. The longer a decayed tooth is there, the more likely other teeth will suffer.
It’s simply not fair to assume that your child will be fine because the decayed tooth isn’t a permanent one.
Don’t underestimate how your child may feel about having one or more rotted teeth. Tooth decay smells bad and other kids may make negative comments about your child’s hygiene. Some children are embarrassed to smile with their “dirty” or “ugly” teeth.
A severely decayed tooth can develop an abscess. This is an acute infection of the nerves in a tooth that escapes into the surrounding jawbone. Sometimes, this infection can travel to the brain and cause life-threatening problems.
If your child complains of a toothache, visit your pediatric or family dentist as soon as possible.
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