Consequences of Not Filling Baby Teeth
No one wants to see their children in pain. Help your child stay healthy by teaching them good oral hygiene practices. You can also take steps at home to prevent early childhood cavities. The American Dental Association recommends limiting sugary drinks for your child and transitioning them to a cup by their first birthday to prevent tooth decay caused by bottle use.
Paying attention to the health of your child's baby teeth is essential. If they do get a cavity, make sure to get it treated as soon as possible — and if you have questions or concerns about fillings in baby teeth, ask your pediatric dentist. Childhood should be full of friends and fun. Taking care of your child's baby teeth will allow your child to get back to being a kid!
If left untreated, dental decay can worsen and lead to more serious oral health issues. According to the
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
, some of the problems caused by childhood cavities include:
- Mouth pain
- Advanced dental infections
- Missed school
- Poor grades
- Poor sleep
- Tooth loss
- Gum disease
- Damage to permanent teeth
- Disrupted speech development
- Low self-esteem