If you do not get the necessary oral care for your child's mouth, when your child is young, it could have long-term ramifications. Going to the dentist every six months is what you can do to help catch problems when they are early, making them far easier to deal with than waiting.
Why a Baby Tooth Would Need to Be Filled
When a baby tooth gets a cavity, many people dismiss it since the tooth is going to fall out soon anyway. However, that can hurt not only that tooth, but also all of the teeth around it. Even a single infected baby tooth can spread the caries around to other teeth in the vicinity.
Sometimes this will only affect the other baby teeth, but it isn't typically that simple. Since the baby tooth is little more than a placeholder for the permanent tooth, the caries can even spread to the path that the permanent tooth will soon follow. This means that the newly erupting teeth may come in with a cavity already forming.
Plus, if you do not get a cavity filled right away when it becomes a problem, it could lead to other problems. The tooth could become painful for your child, or the cavity could become so bad, your child may need a root canal.
Once a problem goes beyond a simple filling, it can lead to larger and more invasive procedures, which could also impact your child's relationship with his or her dentist down the line.
Filling baby teeth is no big deal, and can be done in very little time. Contact our office, and schedule a visit if your child has a filling.