All kids have baby teeth, many of which may experience some level of tooth decay. Baby teeth are only temporary and not as essential to oral health as adult teeth, right? Wrong! While primary teeth won’t last forever, they are important, and neglecting to treat cavities can have a negative impact on the development of a young mouth. Protecting the health of your child’s teeth and gums is why cavity treatment is so vital.
The Importance of Baby Teeth
Even though baby teeth are not permanent, they are the ones your child will have for several years, until the permanent teeth come in. Did you know most baby molars don’t fall out until between 10-12 years old! Losing primary teeth early on is detrimental to your child’s lifelong oral health.
Primary teeth play a significant role in enabling your child to form words and to speak properly. If cavities in your child’s baby teeth are left untreated, infections may begin spreading to nearby teeth, causing more tooth decay. Damaged teeth interfere with chewing, potentially impacting nutrition. They can also result in overbites or an improper jaw structure and can hinder adult teeth from growing in straight and healthy.
Dental Cavities Treatment Process
To preserve your child’s oral health, we will remove cavities in your child’s baby teeth and fill them or crown them as needed. As with adult teeth, baby teeth fillings are usually made out of either metal or white composite.
We will first numb the area, and remove the tooth decay from your child’s baby teeth as necessary. Depending on the extent of damage, we will use a filling or create a dental crown. When needed, we may opt to use nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to alleviate any discomfort or anxiety.
Avoiding Dental Cavities in Primary Teeth
You can help your child prevent tooth decay and cavities developing by following a proper oral health routine, which includes brushing for at least two minutes twice a day and flossing daily. Make sure to limit sugary foods and beverages, and only use water in sippy cups your child takes to bed. Most importantly, schedule your child’s dental checkup every six months so that we can treat any tooth decay before it progresses.
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Visit your kid’s dentist in Valencia CA to learn more about caring for your child’s oral health. We are committed to providing the preventative and restorative dental treatment your child deserves. We are all about healthy, happy smiles!