Many parents believe that the baby teeth of their children are not something to be overly concerned with when it comes to obtaining dental work. The reasoning, at least on its face, seems sound: the baby teeth will just fall out eventually, so why bother spending money on fixing them when they won’t be around for the long term anyways?
Unfortunately, this reasoning is fallacious: the fact of the matter is that your child’s baby teeth need to be maintained and repaired just as your adult teeth do.
THE ROLE OF BABY TEETH
To understand this, you first need to understand just what it is that baby teeth do. Some parents think that the only role of baby teeth is to allow the child to eat until his or her adult teeth come in. This is actually not correct.
While the baby teeth do, of course, allow the child to eat, they do far more than that. For one thing, the teeth can serve as placeholders in the child’s mouth, helping it to grow and develop correctly. Further, the health of the baby teeth can directly impact the health of the adult teeth which will come in later.
IT IS VITAL TO REPAIR CAVITIES IN YOUR CHILD’S BABY TEETH
If your child has a baby tooth that develops a cavity or crack, you should not just ignore it and wait for the tooth to fall out. This is because the baby tooth can affect the adult tooth that will replace it. A baby tooth that is neglected will eventually fall out; however, if it is an unhealthy tooth, the adult tooth that replaces it can have problems from the start. So, don’t neglect the baby teeth.
If you have any questions about caring for your child’s teeth, please contact us. We’re here to help!