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Early Childhood Tooth Decay

Why restore baby teeth?

Many parents will ask “Why worry about baby teeth when they are going to fall out?” Baby teeth (primary teeth) are important because they do not only aid in function of the oral cavity through chewing and speech development, but they also help to hold space for the developing permanent teeth. Excellent dental care helps to aid the developing oral cavity prepare for the emergence of the permanent teeth.

When primary teeth get decay, they can lead to dental pain and abscessed teeth. Studies have shown that children with severe decay miss more days of school and have a harder time concentrating in school. It is important for children to build strong preventive habits early on so that they may go on to have excellent dental hygiene as they mature.

Our goals are to help minimize early childhood decay, and restoring teeth that have cavities which may cause children discomfort and pain.

Our doctors will always explain when and why a tooth needs a restoration and how to prevent future cavities from developing through diet and good oral hygiene.

“The information on this site is provided for educational or informative purposes only; it is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, recommendations or treatment”.

 

Pediatric Dentists Dr. Thomas, Dr. Hawkinson & Dr. Lopez provide Children's Dentistry
including orthodontic treatments, cavity prevention, gum disease prevention, thumb sucking
and tooth brushing tips to Leawood, Lee's Summit, Kansas City North & the Country Club Plaza.
Orthodontist Dr. Crist provides orthodontic treatment to Leawood.

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