Your child’s baby teeth play an important role in their dental health. Baby teeth hold the space in your child’s gums for their adult teeth. Most kids begin losing their baby teeth by age six and the process continues until they’ve reached their teenage years.

While baby teeth fall out naturally, sometimes it may be necessary to have them removed. Here are a few reasons why your child may need to have their own baby teeth removed for their own oral hygiene and dental health.

Major Decay or Infection

Approximately 40% of all children in the U.S. have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. These cavities not only put your child’s adult teeth at risk for future decay but they can also cause pain and sensitivity. If your child’s dental decay is severe or their gums become infected because of the decay, they may need to have their baby tooth removed with sedation dentistry.

There are preventative care methods you can use to help combat cavities. Routine teeth cleanings, brushing twice a day, and reducing the number of sugary beverages your child drinks can all help reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities.

Trauma

Accidents happen and, unfortunately, sometimes those accidents have larger consequences. Sports activities or outdoor games that go awry could cause cracked or broken baby teeth.

If your child has experienced dental trauma, your pediatric dentist office will remove the tooth using sedation dentistry. Space maintainers will also be used to help hold the space for the tooth until your child’s adult tooth is ready to come in. Space maintainers help to keep your child’s teeth aligned properly to prevent crooked teeth in the future.

Tooth Eruption

Sometimes when your child’s adult teeth are preparing to erupt, there are problems with the angulation of the teeth. Removing certain baby teeth using sedation dentistry can help to change the eruption pattern of your child’s permanent teeth to prevent further damage.

Your child’s baby teeth may also need to be removed if an adult tooth has begun to erupt but the baby tooth isn’t falling out like it’s meant to. Talk to your pediatric dentist if you’re unsure of the health or alignment of your child’s baby teeth.

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