If your child has a cavity in one of his or her baby teeth, the temptation can be to ignore it. “After all,” you may think, “those teeth will fall out shortly and be replaced, so why spend money getting them fixed?”
The reality is that the baby teeth are an important part of your child’s health. Any cavities in them should be promptly repaired, because failing to do so could eventually have repercussions on your child’s adult teeth.
The Baby Teeth and the Adult Teeth
Baby teeth serve as placeholders for the adult teeth. If your child’s baby teeth are damaged—or missing altogether—then when the adult teeth come in, it is possible they will come in at the wrong place in the gum tissue. This could lead to crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, or even painfully impacted teeth.
Because of the role of the baby teeth, you should always make sure to provide the same level of care for them as you would for your child’s adult teeth. This means you should come see us if there are any issues, and if we find any cavities we should fill them right away.
Caring for the Baby Teeth
In addition to serving as placeholders, the baby teeth provide your child with the chance to learn how to correctly care for his or her adult teeth. He or she will learn how to properly brush and floss on the baby teeth, and when the adult teeth come in, he or she will already have the proper oral hygiene routine to care for them.
Given these things, it is important that you make sure your child’s baby teeth are maintained and cared for. If you have any questions about your child’s baby teeth, please do not hesitate to call us, or drop in for a visit. Here at Gaston Dental Associates, we care for the health of you and your children, so give us a call today.