When should you bring your child to the dentist?
Your child’s first dental visit should be no later than when the first tooth appears in the mouth.
Before that, it is often a good idea to bring the child to the office for a chair ride and become familiar with the dental office environment.
Baby teeth (primary teeth) that have cavities are treated to:
1. Maintain the ability to eat
2. Maintain the space for the permanent teeth underneath
3. Avoid pain and infection
Cavities are treated with fillings, baby root canals (pulpotomies) and stainless steel crowns (caps).
In addition, for primary teeth and permanent molar teeth that have deep grooves, a white or clear sealant material is placed to prevent cavities from developing in the grooves of those teeth.
Sealants are painless to place.