Your child’s health is definitely one of your first priorities, and there’s no denying that their overall health is linked to their dental health. So without much ado, let’s have a look at some of the questions related to your child’s dental health.
Yes! Tooth decay in children and infants is quite common and most frequently reported in the upper front teeth. However, it can affect other teeth as well. The decay can even enter the underlying bone structure, resulting in excruciating pain and permanently affect tooth development. Babies that are put to bed with a bottle, or who drink a lot of sugary drinks are more prone to tooth decay in infants. Long exposure to liquids that contain sugars produces bacteria and acids that can destroy teeth.
Pediatric dentists are specialized in handling oral care particularly related to children. Their job is all about dental development difficulties and any necessary treatments, such as root canals of baby teeth (called pulpotomies). Talk to your family doctor or your child’s pediatrician. They can give you the best suggestions for an appropriate dentist for your situation.
Six months after your child’s first tooth eruption is the best time for a dental checkup. The dentist will carefully examine the development of your child’s teeth. Dental issues can occur at an early age, so the sooner you visit, the better. Your dentist can provide you with preventive care to safeguard against problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, gum disease, thumb-sucking and teeth irritation.
Children begin to lose their primary teeth after the age of 4. They will fall out in the order in which they came in – usually, lower front middle teeth first, then upper middle front teeth, etc. Children will continue to lose baby teeth until all the permanent teeth are in.
Baby teeth are very important and need to be nurtured. Baby teeth hold space for the permanent teeth. As the permanent teeth are underneath these initial set of teeth, it may be possible that the tooth decay may spread down to affect the permanent teeth, infecting them before eruption. It is also observed that infected baby teeth may also affect improper development of the permanent teeth, resulting in enamel defects and weak teeth.
You likely have many other questions and we have answers. Just give Pat Crawford DDS a call at (262) 649-9436. For a personal consultation, you can visit our clinic at 7851 Cooper Rd Kenosha, WI.