At Family Roots Dentistry, we love taking care of even the tiniest of teeth! Did you know that tooth decay is the most common childhood disease? That is why the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should visit the dentist by their first birthday or within six months after the first tooth erupts. They recommend the first visit be at such a young age because our teeth are prone to cavities from the minute they appear in our mouth.
YOU MAY BE THINKING – BUT THEY‘RE JUST BABY TEETH, SO THEY’LL EVENTUALLY FALL OUT, RIGHT?
This is true. However, baby teeth do not begin to fall out until, on average, 6-12 years old (dependent on the tooth). If baby teeth develop cavities that grow too large and cause an infection, these teeth may be lost before they are supposed to naturally come out. This can then lead to a variety of additional problems such as delayed eruption of adult teeth as well as lack of space for the adult teeth (crowding).