Why Should You Treat Cavities in Baby Teeth?
We often hear from people that it’s not important to treat cavities in baby teeth because the teeth will eventually fall out. Actually, this is categorically wrong for two reasons.
First, cavities can be extremely painful, and no one wants to see their child in pain.
Second, untreated cavities can cause issues down the road. For instance, deep dental decay might require that we extract the baby tooth before it’s supposed to be removed. Losing a baby tooth prematurely can affect the spacing of the other teeth, making it difficult for adult teeth to come in properly, and increasing the risk of long-term alignment issues.
How Often Should My Child See a Dentist?
Your child should have routine dental checkups and teeth cleanings as often as adults – twice per year. If your child has any dental issues or needs specific treatments (like orthodontic care), they’ll need to visit their dentist more frequently.
During routine dental appointments, your Cerritos pediatric dentist will evaluate their teeth for:
- Dental decay
- The potential for early tooth loss
- Signs of gum disease
- The need for orthodontic treatment
They’ll also get their teeth cleaned by our highly skilled hygienists who will remove plaque and tartar, polish the teeth, and place fluoride to remineralize the teeth to prevent cavities.