November 9, 2019

Why Do Dentists Fix The Cavities Of Children?

Yes, the first set of teeth are temporary teeth and will be lost eventually, yet, it’s essential to understand why it’s vital for dentists to fix cavities of children. The baby teeth need to survive until the adult teeth erupt and guide the primary teeth out of the gums. Baby teeth preserve the arch length within the jaw, the bone, and the primary teeth. In other words, primary teeth help ensure that permanent teeth are guided correctly in and with enough room. Primary teeth are fundamental in the development of the mouth. 

For this reason, oral hygiene is important as soon as baby teeth begin to come in. This first set of teeth play a role in the formation of the muscles and jaw to maintain proper spacing for adult teeth. As well, the roots of primary teeth provide an opening for adult teeth to erupt. Finally, primary teeth are important for the development of your child’s speech, facial appearance, and eating. Take care of those teeth!

We know that despite your best effort to ensure good dental hygiene, sometimes kids end up with cavities. Tooth decay begins with a group of germs called streptococcus mutans. The bacteria feed on sugar, which then produces acid that depletes calcium and eats away at the teeth. Make sure to schedule an appointment soon after the first set of teeth erupt. 

How to Fix Cavities

Tooth decay treatment for children is similar to cavity care for adults. Preserving tooth health is an essential aspect to maintain your health, jaw, and smile. Treatment for your child always depends on your child’s symptoms, age, and dental health. You have a few options; however, in most cases, treatment requires the removing of the decayed part of the tooth, then replacing the area with a tooth filling. One option is an amalgam or silver filling made with mercury, silver, tin, and copper. You can also choose a tooth-coloured composite resin filling. 

Filling A Tooth

The decayed portion of the tooth is removed and filled. The treatment includes a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be filled. The dentist will use a drill or laser to remove the decayed area. Next, the dentist will test the area to make sure all of the decay is removed. The last step is to prepare the area for filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. Finally, the dentist will finish by polishing the tooth. 

Remember, healthy primary teeth are fundamental in the development of your child’s mouth. 

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