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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One of the benefits of growing up is that we are able to have an entirely new set of teeth come in during our childhood. Taking great care of our baby, or primary teeth, can greatly affect the health of the permanent teeth that we will have for the entire rest of our lives.
Primary teeth act as guides for the developing permanent teeth. Most of the time the last primary tooth is not lost until as late as 12 years of age. Because primary teeth are not as strong as permanent teeth, it’s important to take exceptional care of them so they can last.
Decay in a primary tooth isn’t uncommon. Primary teeth are less dense and decay can spread more quickly than it can in a permanent tooth. This also means it’s important to treat it as soon as it is diagnosed, to prevent complications or spread of infection. A common misconception is that it’s not important to remove decay in a baby tooth, because it will simply fall out. However, allowing a tooth to fall out prematurely can disrupt the eruption pattern of the developing permanent teeth, potentially causing orthodontic problems later on. Decay can also spread through the tooth down toward the developing permanent tooth, creating a secondary infection. In rare cases, dental abscesses from baby teeth have been thought to spread bacteria into other areas of the body, including the brain.
Don’t wait until your child complains of a toothache before you take them to the dentist. Early preventive care can help prevent dental emergencies and invasive treatment. But, if you are caught off guard by a surprise, see your pediatric dentist immediately to help preserve the tooth and protect the health of your child’s smile.
Posted on behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.
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