WHY SHOULD I REPAIR A CAVITY IN A BABY TOOTH?
Updated: Jan 6
This is a very common question we hear in the office,” Why do I need to fill their cavity, these baby teeth will just fall out won’t they?”
Yes, you are correct that baby teeth will fall out eventually but they hold a vital key to long term oral health in a child’s mouth. Baby teeth hold space in a mouth for permanent adult teeth. As permanent first molars come in, around the age of 5-6 years old, baby teeth ensure the molars are kept toward the back of the mouth to ensure enough space for additional permanent teeth yet to come, as well as encouraging teeth to come in straighter than they would if teeth were missing.
Once a cavity is present in a baby tooth, they need to be addressed in a timely manner, as these caries can grow very rapidly in a short amount of time. Because of this rapid growth in a cavity, sometimes a tooth can become infected and cause pain to a child if it’s not treated. If an infection is present, a child may not want to eat or chew due to pain, impacting their health and nutrition.
Cavities also carry bacteria with in them. Having cavities filled while they are small, is important to help eradicate disease present in the mouth and help prevent the bacteria from affecting surrounding teeth.
It is important for your child to see the dentist and hygienist every 6 months for a check-up, as soon as their first tooth comes in or the age of 1. Regular checkups allow you to work with your child’s dentist to catch any issues early, when they are small, prevent premature loss of any baby tooth and have the best oral health possible.
The team at Dental Associates PC is available to answer your oral health care for the entire family. Call 515-446-3913 today to schedule an appointment.