Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

pediatric dentistry in Fort WorthWhile it is common knowledge that permanent, adult teeth replace baby teeth, many people are unaware how important it is to protect baby teeth with proper oral hygiene and routine professional care. Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty that provides customized care for younger patients so that they can develop healthy habits at an early age and enjoy proper oral function. Our children’s dentist takes a welcoming, family-friendly approach to treating dental conditions that affect kids.

Why Oral Healthcare is Important During Childhood

Even though baby teeth are ultimately replaced, children are susceptible to oral health conditions like cavities and gum disease that can produce discomfort and affect a child’s ability to enjoy healthy oral function. In recent years, the Center for Disease Control has published studies on the effects that tooth decay has on children and their quality of life. Severe tooth decay can lead to poor performance in school, continuous discomfort, and speech impediments. Tooth decay is an infectious disease that requires professional dental restorations because teeth cannot self-repair. If cavities are not treated, they will only get worse.

In addition to decay, children can develop gum disease. This condition is destructive to oral health as well and can result in a chronic oral infection. Gum disease is most commonly caused by inadequate oral hygiene. If left untreated, gum disease can develop into a systemic disease that affects the health of bone, gums, and teeth.

Gentle Cleanings and Checkups Preserve Oral Health

On top of practicing proper oral hygiene at home, parents should schedule bi-annual cleanings and annual examinations for their children. During cleanings, our team gently removes harmful substances that cause cavities and gum disease while also providing easy-to-understand oral health education. During examinations, our children’s dentist will examine the entire mouth and check for signs of dental conditions as well as developmental abnormalities.

We are proud to provide comprehensive pediatric dentistry to families in our community. Call Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry at 817-569-6633 today to reserve an appointment.