Many times I get asked if it is really necessary to fill the cavities in baby teeth? They tend to think since baby teeth fall out it won’t really matter if the tooth is not filled. Unfortunately this assumption is false.
Although baby teeth do fall out eventually, they are very important for many reasons.
Baby teeth are around for a longer time than you might think. The first baby tooth erupts as early as 6 months of age. Most children have all their baby teeth by the time they reach three years of age.
Permanent teeth begin to erupt around six or seven years old. Your child will probably be twelve or thirteen years old before they get all their permanent teeth. So as you can see “baby teeth” are in the mouth for quite a long time.
A cavity may take on the appearance of a dark or cloudy spot on the tooth. They may also look chalky white, yellow tinted or as a dark area on the tooth. Also look for white splotches on your child’s gums as this can be an early sign of caries.