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Pediatric Dentistry: Are Baby Teeth Important?

January 21, 2016

Filed under: Children's Dentistry — Tags: , , — nawrockidmdteam @ 7:02 pm

In our blog this week we are going to talk to you about the importance of maintaining your child’s baby teeth. Many people believe that baby teeth, known dentally as the deciduous dentition, are not important because they will eventually fall out and be replaced with adult teeth. This is not true. It is important for children to visit the dentist as often, if not more often, than adults. Your dentist will monitor your child’s dental development from a young age and offer recommendations for treatment and prevention as needed. When should you take your child to his or her first dental appointment? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child see the dentist around the time that his or her first tooth erupts or before age one, whichever comes first. Children vary extensively in their dental development and it is important that your dentist monitor this development.

Here at Matthew Nawrocki General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are committed to patient education. One of the ways that we educate our patients is with our weekly dental blogs. We are always accepting new patients from in and around the Orange Park communities. Dr. Nawrocki is a family dentist who provides dental treatment for children and adults of all ages. If you or your children would like to schedule an appointment or you have any unanswered questions, please contact us at any time electronically or call (904)602-8396.

Do Baby Teeth Matter? I Thought They Just Fall Out

This is a common misconception by many parents. They believe that baby teeth are not important because they eventually fall out and are replaced by brand new adult teeth. This is not the case. The deciduous dentition serves many functions and it is important that your child visit the dentist regularly to monitor for proper development. If your child loses a baby tooth too early due to decay or trauma, your dentist may need to place a space maintainer. These baby teeth function as placeholders for the adult teeth and the adult teeth may erupt misaligned if the space is not maintained. Additionally, if your child has a large cavity or infection in their tooth, this infection can spread to the underlying adult teeth and impeded its proper development. Please watch the following video from the American Dental Association about a real mom’s opinion on pediatric dentistry.

What Will Happen If My Child Doesn’t Have Regular Dental Visits?

If you child doesn’t have regular dental visits, he or she may develop large cavities, which will eventually necessitate extraction of the teeth. Your dentist can catch these cavities early on and fill them so that they do not grow larger and cause infection. Your dentist can also apply sealants and teach your child proper preventative brushing and flossing techniques to prevent development of cavities and gum disease. Your child should first visit then dentist by age one and then every six months for the rest of his or her life.

My Child Is Too Scared To Visit The Dentist? What Can I Do?

These days, dental professionals stress the importance of infant oral health care. If a child begins going to the dentist between six months and one year old, he or she becomes very comfortable with the dental office and the professionals associated with it. By taking your child to see a dentist at a young age, he or she will not be scared at an older age. If you are bringing an older child in for his or her first dental visit, tell your dental providers about your concerns and your child’s concerns. At the first appointment, allow a timid child to observe his or her sibling to become more comfortable with the treatment. Additionally, nitrous oxide sedation is available to ease the child during more complex procedures.

What Is A Family Dentist?

A family dentist is a dentist who is committed to seeing patients of all ages and all walks of life. Dr. Nawrocki is a family dentist who can provide excellent treatment to all members of your family. This is convenient because the entire family can schedule their dental appointments on the same day.

We hope that you learned something in our blog today and now understand the importance of maintaining the health of your child’s teeth. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to contact us at any time electronically or call (904)602-8396.

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