Many times parents think that because children will lose their baby teeth they don’t need regular dental appointments. When parents avoid the dentist, we often see one of two things happen.
First, we have the unfortunate experience of meeting a pediatric patient for the first time when there is a dental problem. This can be a scary, traumatic time for a child. Strange people. Strange instruments. Their mouth hurts.
It would be much better if we got to meet your child <em>before</em> they need an involved procedure done. This way we can show them the office, introduce them to the staff and cleaning implements in a non-threatening manner. It’s so much better for them to meet their pediatric dentist under these circumstances.
The second thing we see, which can be dangerous, is when an adult thinks that a cavity doesn’t need to be treated in a baby tooth. Now, if that tooth is about to fall out, and I mean really ready to come out, then yes, you have a decent case. There’s no reasons to see the dentist.
However, if the tooth is still solidly in there, your child needs to be treated. The last thing you want is for that tooth to abscess. Tooth infections spread and people still die from them.
Plus, their molars need to last until they are around twelve years old. You don’t want them to end up losing those teeth prematurely. If for some reason the decay spreads too far and you need to have it extracted, make sure your pediatric dentist places a space maintainer. Otherwise, their remaining teeth will shift and they will have crowding issues when their new teeth come in.
This blog is brought to you by Fountain Valley Dentist Dr. Tammy Tran.