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Why Should My Child’s Baby Tooth Be Filled?

Posted in Fillings

Many parents reason: if it’s going to fall out anyway, then why bother filling it? It’s true that in some cases a tooth is so close to falling out that a small cavity poses no risk. But at what point is it necessary to fill a baby tooth?

Your Child’s Mouth

Baby teeth are essential for your child to eat, talk, and smile with ease. Each primary tooth serves as a placeholder and guide until adult teeth arrive. These changes happen gradually to keep pace with the growth of the jaw. Baby teeth are important!

When the primary teeth are lost too soon, this can affect the way the adult teeth grow in. Decay can result in a lot of discomfort to your child. This means that your son or daughter could experience pain while eating and a strange taste in his or her mouth.

What a Cavity Can Do

If a cavity reaches the tooth’s nerve chamber, a dangerous and painful abscess can develop. Decay can quickly infect multiple baby teeth at once and it can even infect newly-emerged adult teeth. A decaying baby tooth that is still anchored in place with no sign of loosening within the next few months should be treated with a conservative filling.

Build a Healthy Foundation

You can give your child a strong and healthy foundation for a confident smile. Modern dentistry aims to make procedures easy for kids with techniques like:

  • Drill-free dentistry
  • Gentle and compassionate care
  • Laughing gas
  • Cartoons and other distractions

Your child will learn that a filling is a necessary and easy procedure. No need to be afraid!

Call your dentist to schedule an appointment for a cavity risk-assessment for your child.

Posted on behalf of:
Hellosmile Park Slope Pediatric Dental & Orthondontics
206 7th Ave, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 388-0400

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