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My child has a cavity in their baby tooth? Why do we need to fix it?

Did you know cavities are actually the most common childhood infectious disease? About 60% of children have a cavity by the time they are 5! While it’s true that baby teeth will eventually fall out, it is still important to treat cavities on baby teeth. Baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, hold the place for adult teeth. If these teeth are lost early your child will lose space in their mouth, leading to limited space for the adult teeth to come in properly. This leads to increased need for orthodontics (braces) later on!

Additionally, when baby teeth become infected not only will your child develop pain, but it can permanently damage the adult tooth coming in underneath it. Therefore, we try to treat cavities on baby teeth early while they can be simply pulled rather than when they need extensive work like crowns or to be pulled. 

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