Why are baby teeth important?
People often think that baby teeth are unimportant, due to the fact that they will eventually lose them and have adult teeth. However, this is a myth! Baby teeth are important to help your child speak and chew properly. They are also designed to be placeholders for the adult teeth that are developing inside your child’s jaw. Parents often ask us if it is necessary to fill a baby tooth. The answer is yes, in order to ensure that their adult teeth grow in with the proper alignment. If baby tooth has a cavity that goes unfilled, eventually it will spread into the nerve and cause pain and serious infection, and the adult tooth underneath may not grow in properly, leading to misalignment and expensive orthodontic treatment (braces) to correct the problem. Please contact our Bothell dental office today if you would like to schedule a consult for your child.