Do Baby Teeth Need Fillings?

We’ve had many parents in Des Moines, IA ask this question. Do baby teeth really need treatment since they eventually fall out? Well, the answer is yes, they absolutely do. In today’s blog, we’re looking at why even baby teeth should always receive fillings if a cavity develops.

The Dangers of Tooth Decay

Our teeth are protected by a strong outer layer of enamel. However, when the enamel erodes due to poor oral hygiene or becomes damaged via injury, then bacteria can move past the enamel into the more sensitive layers of dentin. A cavity can then form that spreads throughout the tooth, eventually leading to infection. While many assume cavities mainly impact older kids and adults, babies and toddlers can also develop serious cases of tooth decay.

The Risks of Avoiding Treatment

When a baby tooth develops decay, there could be weeks, months, or even years before the tooth will fall out on its own. Without treatment, the cavity can grow severe, causing major discomfort for you child, as well as infections. If the decay and infection are serious enough, the tooth may need to be removed to prevent the spread of infection. At this point, the premature removal of a tooth can have negative impacts on the smile’s alignment, meaning braces may be needed in the future. To avoid unnecessary pain and premature tooth loss, you should always have a cavity in your child’s tooth repaired.

Dental Sealants and More

You can take steps to reduce the risk of your children developing cavities. First, don’t let them sleep or lay down for a nap with a bottle of juice or milk. The sugar particles coating the teeth can be broken down by bacteria, leading to tooth decay. For babies, you should clean their teeth twice a day with a cloth or piece of gauze. Toddlers and older children will need to brush and floss daily. We can also offer dental sealants to help prevent food form becoming stuck between the back teeth, reducing the risk of cavities!

Gateway Dental Group Can Treat Little Smiles

At Gateway Dental Group, we can help your children enjoy optimal oral health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burds and his team at Gateway Dental Groupcall our office today at (515) 244-9565. Located in Des Moines, IA, we proudly welcome patients from the Des Moines area, and surrounding communities.