To Fill or Not to Fill, Is That Even a Question? Why Cavities in Baby Teeth Matter

December 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — coralkids @ 3:14 pm
Child holding her cheek eating ice cream due to cavities

Most informed adults know that you get two types of teeth as you age. Primary “baby” teeth come in first and naturally fall out as a child’s secondary “adult” teeth begin to erupt. Because of this, many parents don’t think much about baby teeth. After all, if they’re going to fall out anyway—why worry about cavities?

Read on to learn why baby teeth matter, and why it’s a good idea to have cavities filled, pronto!

The Role of Baby Teeth

Baby teeth have an important mission. They serve several functions in a child’s dental development like chewing, speech development, and maintaining proper spacing for permanent teeth. This is why, despite being temporary, baby teeth are actually super important!

Cavities in Baby Teeth

Children are far more susceptible to cavities than adults are. Their tiny teeth have thinner enamel and they don’t tend to have the best hygiene skills yet. Without proper brushing and flossing, harmful bacteria builds up, causing cavities. If left untreated, cavities can lead to pain, infection, and potential complications that affect a child’s oral health and development. 

Why Should You Fill Cavities in Baby Teeth?

There are several benefits that fillings can provide for baby teeth:

  • Preventing Further Decay: Filling cavities can stop the decay from progressing and causing more significant damage to the tooth.
  • Maintaining Tooth Structure: Baby teeth act as placeholders for permanent teeth. Preserving them through fillings helps keep proper spacing and alignment for permanent teeth to erupt correctly.
  • Preventing Pain and Infection: Cavities can lead to tooth pain and potentially serious infections if left untreated. Filling cavities in baby teeth can stop discomfort and reduce the risk of complications.
  • Getting Familiar with Dentistry: Treating a cavity is a common first trip to the dentist. This teaches children the importance of seeing a dentist and begins to normalize regular trips. This will set a foundation for lifelong oral health habits.

So, as you can see, addressing cavities quickly is best for maintaining oral health and preventing complications. Parents should take their little ones to regular dental checkups and consult with their dentist to determine the most appropriate treatment options for cavities and beyond. By working together with your child’s pediatric dentist, you can ensure the best possible care for them and promote lifelong smiles.

About the Practice

Trust is important to children. That’s why at Coral Kids Dentistry and Braces, their team of expert pediatric dentists strives to make every experience for your child a positive one. They use ultramodern dental technology and gentle techniques to perform every procedure, ensuring comfort and care. Call (905) 684-5437 to schedule an appointment or visit the website to dive into their other services.

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