Do you ever wonder why some parents fill their kids’ cavities? You’ll like wonder that same question yourself if your kids end up with cavities. It seems like an awful waste of money since most kids get cavities in their baby teeth. Those teeth will fall out soon enough, so why throw away your money? Well, filling cavities is actually an investment in your kids’ long-term oral health. It may not seem like it at first, so let’s take a deeper look at this topic.
Potential infection risk
If you don’t fill cavities in kids’ baby teeth, there’s always the risk that the cavity will spread to the adult tooth beneath, causing infection in that tooth, your child’s gums, and potentially the jaw bone as well. When a dentist recommends a filling for a baby tooth, it’s largely for this reason.
Loss of adult teeth
On top of the infection risk, one thing that Dr. Robert A. Bell will point out as a risk of not filling a cavity in a baby tooth is the risk of losing the adult tooth beneath it. Cavities easily spread from tooth to tooth, and if the cavity gets bad enough it can cause one to form in the adult tooth beneath it. That means your child doesn’t lose just one tooth to a cavity, but two.
That results in higher dental costs throughout your child’s adolescence, and a painful experience for them as well. Here at Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C. in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, our team has seen this situation play out far too often. We don’t want to see it happen to you and your child.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 502-955-6516.