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What You Need To Know About Cavities in Baby Teeth

July 31, 2021 3:47 am
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Baby teeth are more susceptible to developing cavities than adult teeth, which is why children are more likely to get cavities. Baby teeth have a thinner layer of enamel so it’s easier for cavity-causing bacteria to penetrate the tooth. Keep reading to learn more about cavities and baby teeth!

Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Baby teeth are the foundation for a child’s oral health. They act as a guide for permanent teeth and ensure that a child’s jawline has enough room for their adult set of teeth. Baby teeth also help kids transition to solid foods and learn how to speak. Baby teeth play a huge role in speech development.

How To Treat Cavities in Baby Teeth

If your child has a cavity, their dentist will assess the severity and recommend a treatment plan based on the level of decay. For mild cavities, we will generally recommend a dental filling. For more severe dental decay, dentists often recommend a dental crown to preserve the baby tooth until it’s ready to come out naturally on its own.

Cavity Prevention Tips

Since children’s teeth are more prone to cavities, it’s crucial to have a thorough oral hygiene regimen in place to keep their teeth healthy. In addition to brushing twice a day, kids should also go to the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Checkups are critical because the dentist may catch a dental issue, such as a cavity, early on before it worsens. Fluoride plays a big part in protecting baby teeth, too. Safari Children’s Dentistry provides fluoride treatments for our patients to help strengthen their enamel.

Schedule Your Child’s Next Dental Visit!

Are you looking for a trusted dental home for your little one? At Safari Children’s Dentistry & Braces, our friendly, experienced dental team takes great pride in taking care of children’s smiles. Our mission is to be fully transparent and ensure parents have a full grasp on their kids’ oral health! Please contact our office to schedule your next visit!

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