Dr. Greg says you should be!
Did you know that while the numbers of cavities among kids have been going down in general, the cavities in baby teeth have become more common over the past 20 years!
Dr Greg says that dental decay in kids isn’t just a nuisance—it can cause a lot of pain, and decayed teeth often have to be repaired or pulled using general anaesthesia, which isn’t risk-free.
“When baby teeth need to be removed, they can’t hold space for the upcoming permanent teeth, which then means that we may need to fit “space maintainers” in their place for when baby teeth are lost early” he said.
Cavities in baby teeth can also harm the permanent teeth directly, if the tissue in the central portion of the baby tooth gets infected.
How are Cavities Formed?
Bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugar and carbohydrates your kids eat, releasing acid in response. This acid breaks down tooth enamel and leads to tooth decay, which is why lollies and juice are no good for your children.
The Good News
Dr Greg says that while this is a serious issue, thankfully tooth decay is preventable.
“I always say it’s best to bring your child in for a check-up when they get their first tooth or by the time they turn one. That way if we see cavities forming, we can actually reverse the process and give parents some great advice on what to expect during teething and how to best care for your child’s teeth” said Greg.
Baby teeth aren’t permanent, but they are important. By seeing a dentist, there is a lot that can be done to keep them healthy in the early years. While a trip to the dentist is never fun, the 10 seconds of having fluoride brushed on your child’s teeth is worth a lot and will save your child a lot of pain and discomfort in the future.