Early experiences at the dentist shape our future health
Unfortunately, when it comes to ‘baby teeth’ there is a commonly held belief that they are not important.
“They’re going to fall out anyway… why would you bother filling them?’’
This is a great question. You wouldn’t be alone in thinking this.
Let’s see if I can’t provide some clarity on this subject?
Primary teeth are obviously required so that we can eat and speak and smile! But the Primary Tooth story goes much deeper than that.
Super important Primary Tooth fact Number 1 :
Primary teeth are designed differently.
The outer enamel layer is very thin compared to the enamel on a permanent tooth. They can get cavities very easily.
Check out this xray of primary teeth.
The enamel layer is quite literally almost paper thin. Once decay has reached the second layer (dentine – which is softer than enamel) it can progress at lightning speed.
Unfortunately ending with the exposure of the nerve (dental pulp) and frequently resulting in an abscess. In the xray below the tooth on the upper arch second from the left shows a significant cavity – already into the nerve.
This child unfortunately would be living with pain in this tooth. Possibly quite severe pain.
Children aren’t always able to let you know that a tooth is painful. They may show it in other ways like difficulty sleeping or moodiness or being ‘a fussy eater’.
They may let you know it’s painful but then the pain goes away. This cycle can repeat many times. A dental abscess for a child can at times lead to a serious infection requiring hospitalisation.
This little dude is a very unhappy camper. The dental abscess has now spread from his tooth into the tissues of his face. He has a temperature. This can be a very serious infection if not treated quickly.
Super important Primary Tooth Fact Number 2:
Primary teeth are ‘place holders’.
Your child’s primary teeth are a holding space for the new permanent teeth and help to create the correct shape of your child’s jaws and bite. The early loss of a primary tooth can lead on to other complications, such as crowded permanent teeth, later in life which could involve treatment such as orthodontics to correct.
Your New Dentist is passionate about prevention of dental decay in young children. We use atraumatic and conservative treatment techniques to ensure your child’s experience of going to the dentist will be overwhelmingly positive.
We take the time to help you understand how you can help prevent dental decay and avoid dental treatment.
Each and every day Your New Dentist is helping young children avoid pain and unnecessary emergency dental care so families experience positive lifelong dental care.