Dental cavities (decay) can have a large impact on children’s well-being and overall health. It is also considered to be one of the most common chronic childhood diseases.
We have many parents enquiring about the use of fixing up decayed baby teeth as they are going to fall out anyway. Yes, these teeth are going to fall out at some stage, but it is very important to have these teeth until they are due to fall out naturally. Some of the main reason to keep baby teeth are as follows:
· They hold the space for the adult teeth to come through correctly
· If decay is left in a tooth it can destroy the nerve of the tooth and cause symptoms such as pain and swelling
· Many children are hospitalised every year from large painful tooth abscess’s occurring from baby teeth.
· Decay is also transmissible; it can spread from one tooth to another – this can also have a direct impact on the health of the adult teeth developing underneath the baby tooth
· Studies have shown that children that attend the dentist for regular dental examinations (check-up) and cleans, who also have a health diet are less likely to suffer dental caries