It can be really disappointing as a parent to hear that your child has a cavity in one of his baby teeth. You may even be surprised to hear your child’s dentist recommending to fill the cavity. With the logic that baby teeth are going to fall out anyway, is a filling absolutely necessary? In the following article, we will take a look at why getting a filling in your child’s baby tooth may be the right solution at the right time.
To begin, it’s important to remember that cavities are caused by tooth decay that can be brought on by a lack of brushing and flossing, too many sweets, or even bottles of milk right before bed. Cavities are incredibly common for children, and if left untreated, the decay can spread into other teeth. Cavities also do not only affect the mouth, but can affect the whole body. When a tooth hurts because of a cavity, your child may try to avoid eating because chewing makes the pain worse. In turn, that could lead to malnutrition and a plethora of other whole-body concerns.
While the logic behind baby teeth being lost anyway is well-founded, baby teeth still have an important purpose. They help your child chew and eat foods that allow their tiny bodies to grow, and they also hold a place for permanent adult teeth. Our baby teeth preserved space for when it’s time for adult teeth to erupt, and when baby teeth are lost prematurely, the permanent teeth can then begin to shift out of their original position causing dental problems in their future.
At Hirsch Pediatric Dentistry, we encourage all of our patients to treat a cavity as soon as it happens. Whether a child or an adult, treating the cavity avoids other potential problems that are relevant now and in the future. The treatment for cavities is routine, common, and done quickly.
Remember that prevention is the best treatment, and the best way to avoid the need for filling is to prevent cavities in the first place. Try limiting sweets and drinks high in sugar, practice good brushing and flossing habits, and only put water in bedtime bottles.
If you still have questions about your child’s baby teeth or cavities in their baby teeth, feel free to give our office in Royal Palm Beach, FL, a call, and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can!