You may wonder why we’re talking about fillings for young children. It may not seem important since they’ll eventually lose all their baby teeth anyway.
Baby teeth have some important jobs to do, though. They help your child eat and allow for clearer speech, which is particularly important in these early years. Healthy baby teeth grow until they’re ready to fall out, creating a big enough space for adult teeth to grow in properly.
This is important because all the time that baby teeth are growing, adult teeth are already forming in the gums. In fact, if you look at an x-ray of your child’s teeth, you can see the adult teeth sitting right below the roots of the baby tooth.
Why Does My Child Need a Filling?
If your child follows a healthy diet and sees us for regular visits, you may never have to worry about a cavity in a baby tooth. But even with good dental care, your child can develop a cavity.
When this happens, we need to get rid of the cavity and fill the tooth. This protects the tooth, but it also protects surrounding teeth from becoming damaged.
If we don’t fill the tooth, it may become so severely damaged that we need to remove it. When this happens, there may not be enough space for the adult tooth to come in properly. Your child’s tooth may end up coming in at an odd angle, which can lead to other dental problems.
How Can I Protect My Child’s Teeth from Cavities?
Prevention is the best way to make sure that your kids’ teeth stay healthy. This includes regular brushing and flossing, making sure they eat a healthy diet, and making appointments for regular exams and cleanings at our Carson City dental office.
If you’re doing all these things, you’re increasing the odds that your child will enjoy healthy teeth even after they become adults. Prevention is easy – it saves teeth, and it also saves your child from discomfort.
What Can You Do to Help My Nervous Child?
We are experts at putting little children at ease about visiting the dentist. It’s important for them to feel good about having healthy teeth. We want them to develop healthy habits now that last a lifetime, so we do everything we can to help them feel comfortable.
But filling a cavity is necessary, and sometimes a child just can’t sit still long enough for us to take care of the problem. If this happens with your child, we offer nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” to quiet them and help them relax.
Nitrous oxide is mild and safe and won’t make your child feel drowsy after their treatment is finished. Your child won’t go to sleep, but he or she will stay calm while we’re taking care of their teeth.
Please Call to Make an Appointment
At First Care Dental, we work with many insurance companies, and most cover the cost of basic dental care for children. If you’d like more information about your specific insurance, we’re happy to help.
We want to help your child enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles, and we’re ready to start today. Please call our office, and we’ll be happy to arrange a visit for you and your child.