Is it necessary to treat deciduous teeth?

Parents are often thinking about treatment of their child´s teeth. At first it may sound unnecessary because teeth are changing rapidly. Due to that they take the condition of deciduous teeth more lightly. Maria Lukjanova, dentist at Dental Beauty Clinic is talking about necessity of treating youngster´s teeth.

The growth of teeth begins already in the womb. During sixth week of pregnancy, rudimentary deciduous teeth are starting to take form and at the end of the third month, 10 primal deciduous teeth are formed in the upper and lower jaw. In addition to that, part of the permanent teeth´s beginnings are also taking form. Because of that, it is important to understand that the treatment of the teeth should start already in infancy. Early dental treatment helps to avoid serious dental problems like caries and it´s complications, parodonite and pulpitis.

What are the functions of deciduous teeth?

Deciduous teeth have many features that are important to every person. Named features are also owned by permanent teeth:

  • Eating process. It is a chewing process where all teeth are included. Chewing with broken teeth is hard and sometimes impossible because of pain. Badly chewed food causes extra stress in stomach and intestine. Because of that healthy teeth are important for digestion.
  • Speaking function. Broken or missing teeth affect clarity and quality of pronunciation. Deciduous teeth are helping to develop child´s language skills, pronunciation and to speak intelligibly.
  • Social function. If baby´s or child´s teeth are broken, dirty and there is a bad smell in the mouth which brings mostly caries, then it causes insecurity to child and social exclusion. Often other children are avoiding communication in those situations.

Consequences of disintegration of teeth

Disintegration of teeth have many consequences. Uncured teeth may cause caries in surrounding teeth as well. If the damage is big, inflammation may occur. Teeth are changing over six years which means there may be broken deciduous tooth next to permanent tooth. In that case, probability of caries is very high. Infected teeth may also cause chronic diseases in the kidneys, heart, joints, lungs and other organs. Allergic reactions and changes in blood picture may also occur.

How to treat child´s teeth?

Dental caries is called rotting tooth which is caused by tooth decay microbes. In a broad sense, caries is the most spread infectious disease in the world. Mostly disease carrier is baby´s mother or other close person who share for example a spoon or a kiss. Parodonite which is a progressive gum disease may develop from there.

Second important problem with caries is that sometimes tooth must be removed untimely. This affects the growth of other permanent teeth. Surrounding teeth may start to grow on the free spot, causing untimely and wrong bite. If treatment of the tooth infected in caries is impossible, it must be removed and orthodontist measures should be used to prevent wrong bite.

So the answer to the question if we should cure deciduous teeth is yes. Visiting dentist constantly and thorough washing of teeth secures healthy teeth for a child.

Dr. Maria Lukjanova / EstDental Ltd

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