Most parents aren’t usually alarmed when they find cavities in their children’s baby teeth. Often, they just leave it alone. After all, they’re not permanent and will eventually fall out, so why bother? While it is true that baby teeth will eventually just fall out on their own, leaving cavities in baby teeth untreated will lead to serious consequences down the line.
The Importance of Primary Teeth
Your child’s primary baby teeth are extremely important. Not only do they help your child chew food, but the baby teeth also play a significant role in helping your child form good speaking habits and pronounce words properly. More importantly, they serve as placeholders and guides for when the permanent teeth start to erupt. Not to mention the effect of having a complete smile and healthy-looking teeth on your child’s self-esteem.
Why Baby Teeth Need To Be Filled
If cavities are found in baby teeth and they’re not treated, the decay can affect the permanent teeth underneath. In some cases, the decay can even spread to the permanent teeth.
You may ask then, wouldn’t it be better to just pull out the tooth instead of filling it? Well, while pulling out the tooth is actually possible, it’s not exactly in the best interest of the child. Remember, both children and adults need a complete set of teeth to speak and chew properly. Just missing a single tooth can significantly affect the way we chew or speak. This is especially important in children, as they’re still growing and any negative experiences that might make them much more self-conscious than necessary can have a significant impact on their self-esteem.
There’s also the fact that pulling teeth out can cause the other teeth to shift to “compensate” for the gap left by the missing tooth. If baby teeth are pulled out much earlier than necessary, this can lead to alignment problems once the permanent tooth starts to erupt. However, when the decay is too expensive, dentists will have no choice but to pull the teeth out. But, this is only a last resort option. If this happens, the dentist will also usually recommend inserting an appliance into the space left by the pulled tooth to protect it until the permanent tooth is ready to come in.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
The key to making sure that your child grows up with a healthy and beautiful smile is to practice proper hygiene as early as their first baby tooth erupts. As toddlers, instill in them the importance of brushing and flossing correctly. Limit their consumption of sugary snacks too. It might also be a good idea to take them to the dentist at an early age as well.
Remember, your child’s primary teeth are extremely important to his or her growth and development. You should never think lightly of any problems with them just because they’ll eventually fall out anyway.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s teeth, be sure to schedule an appointment today to know more about how you can take better care of your child’s teeth. Call 201-795-2111 or visit the website at www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.