You may ask, “But they’re baby teeth…they’re going to fall out anyways. Isn’t it a waste of money to do much at this point?”
You couldn’t be further from the truth. Primary (baby) teeth hold the space for the future eruption of permanent teeth. If a primary tooth is lost from tooth decay or early removal, other teeth will move into the space, causing misalignment and the need for future orthodontic intervention.
Infected primary teeth that remain in the mouth can cause damage to permanent teeth as they develop, causing enamel defects and a lifetime of weak teeth.
And before you think that your child will inevitably escape the presence of tooth decay, take a look at this statistic. The CDC reports in a survey that “approximately 37% of children aged 2–8 years had experienced dental caries in primary teeth”. Of course our goal is that you are armed with proper information and tools to ensure excellent oral health for your child.
At Penn Dental Family Practice we don’t just “put a bandaid on” the problem then send you on your way until it happens again.
Our pediatric dentists will take the time to discuss your child’s current habits and lifestyle, in hopes of determining what may have caused the caries or decay in the first place. You will leave with a plan of action and renewed hope.