Posts for: August, 2011
They are just baby teeth. Why fix them? What will happen if I don’t?
A: Children go through two phases of teething; the front teeth may be lost between 6 and 8 years of age, while the twelve primary back teeth (molars and canines) are not lost until about age 12. An untreated cavity can create an infection and cause your child pain, facial swelling, missed sleep and time out of school. The back teeth are very important and hold the space for the permanent teeth growing underneath them; if cavities are not fixed, teeth may shift, causing lost space, and more extensive treatment will be needed to correct this problem. The molars are also important for proper chewing and they aid in proper speech. Fixing any cavities when they are small will minimize more expensive repair.