Here at Children’s Dental Group, some of the most common issues that our pedodontist in Carson sees in our pediatric patients are the formation of cavities. Since our patients are so young, many of the cavities we see are present in primary, or baby, teeth. Many parents are under the impression that since baby teeth are inevitably going to fall out, there is no need to repair any decay that forms in them. In some cases, this is true—but in most cases, treatment is necessary.
It is important to remember that baby teeth come in for a reason. They are there to save the space for your child’s adult teeth to come in. If a baby tooth is removed, the teeth can then begin to crowd together improperly and create a need for a space maintainer or other more complicated treatments. Therefore, in many cases, it makes the most sense to put a filling into the decayed baby tooth in order to keep it in tact until it falls out.
If the tooth is severely decayed over a long period of time, our pedodontist in Carson may recommend that the tooth be pulled. If having the tooth pulled does not seem to pose a risk for future crowding or other issues, then our pedodontist may recommend an extraction as well. Each treatment recommendation relies heavily on the individual patients and the specific situation at hand. To avoid this situation in the first place, helping your child get a good grasp on oral hygiene at home can make a big difference in preventing cavities. Showing your child how to brush and floss effectively at home will give them the tools they need to prevent cavities and encourage the best oral health for life. In addition, monitoring your child’s eating habits can also help in preventing cavities. Keeping your child on a regular meal and snack schedule rather than allowing them to “graze” on food all day reduces the development of cavities and keeps their teeth healthier. Our pedodontist in Carson can give you more suggestions during your next visit to Children’s Dental Group.
To learn more about basic dental health topics and the related services provided by our pedodontist in Carson, we encourage you to visit the main Children’s Dental Group website to browse through some additional information. If you have any questions or concerns that we can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone or online. We look forward to working with you and your child soon.