Why do you treat baby teeth? Don't they just come out?
Keeping Baby Teeth Healthy is Important
Even though baby teeth will eventually be lost, they should be kept healthy in the mouth until they are ready to fall out. We treat baby teeth and restore them because if the baby teeth are lost too early, your child could develop spacing problems and they could eventually require braces.
The baby teeth essentially hold the space for the adult teeth that are underneath, and if the baby teeth are lost too early space can close up. Then, when the adult teeth need to come in, there’s not enough space, and the tooth will likely come in at a bad angle, direction, and position.
A Child's Dental Health Stays With Them as an Adult
Also, if the baby teeth have untreated cavities, the bacteria in the cavities could also affect the adult teeth that are already developing in the gums. We do not want adult teeth to come into an oral environment full of dental decay. For all these reasons, we recommend treating these cavities early so we avoid losing the baby teeth and maintain a healthy environment for the adult teeth.
If you’d like to learn more about your young child’s dental care, please call our Glenmont dental office. We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our family!