Many people think that baby teeth don’t matter, other than for the tooth fairy. But this isn’t true! Baby teeth are nearly as important as your adult teeth. If a child’s teeth aren’t taken care of when they are young, then this could cause serious issues! So in this blog, we are going to answer some of the common questions we are asked about baby teeth.
Q: Does my child really need dental x-rays?
A: Yes! Dental x-rays are very important since it will allow the dentist to get an overall picture of their mouth. You can actually see both sets of teeth before they even come in. If there are any issues, this will allow the dentist to catch it early, and then address the issue. The amount of radiation your child is exposed to is almost nothing. It will have no harmful effects.
Q: Does thumb sucking and pacifiers hurt my child’s teeth?
A: If your child is young like around 2 years old, then no it isn’t a problem yet. Generally, your child will break this habit on their own by the age of three. Usually, thumb sucking and pacifiers don’t cause long term dental problems. But if they suck their thumb much longer, then chances are that there could be some more serious dental issues.
Q: My daughter has a cavity in her baby teeth, do I need to actually get a filling for it since it will fall out anyway?
A: You should always have any cavities filled as quickly as possible. Despite what you think, the health of your adult teeth is affected by your baby teeth. Untreated cavities can actually cause the roots of their teeth to be damaged, or even cause gum disease. Also, make sure your child is taking care of their teeth even at a young age.
Q: Should my kids get sealants?
A: While you should rely primarily on brushing and flossing, sealants are a great extra way to protect your child’s teeth. It has been found that kids without sealants have three times more cavities then kids who do! We would recommend that your child get sealants!
Q: My child has a loose tooth. Is it okay to pull it?
A: While it can seem like a good idea to pull a loose tooth, we would suggest waiting and letting nature do its thing. Your dentist can also suggest a way to safely wiggle it and help it along. Once it is out, it is time to put it on the pillow and wait for the visit from the tooth fairy!
These are just 5 of the most common questions we are asked, but there are many more! If you ever have any questions about your children’s teeth, it is a great idea to talk to your dentist.