There’s actually a very simple and logical reason why it’s very important for cavities in baby teeth to be fixed by a dentist.

If your child has been diagnosed with a cavity in a baby tooth, you’d be making a big mistake by thinking, “Oh well, I’ll just let the tooth eventually fall out and a new healthy one will grow in.”

But there’s a problem with this kind of thinking.

Cavities in Baby Teeth Are Nothing to Sweep Under the Rug

“The primary dentition (baby teeth) is a very important stage in a child’s dental development,” says Marco L. Tironi, DDS, who practices dentistry in Rochester, MI.

“Baby teeth not only allow children to masticate their food, smile and learn healthy dental habits, they also play the vital role of being the predecessor to their permanent successors.

“One of the most important tasks of baby teeth are to maintain space for permanent teeth.

“Many parents often ask why putting fillings in baby teeth are important or why ‘saving’ a baby tooth, rather than extracting it, is worth the time or money.

“The short answer is that they are the best space maintainers for the permanent teeth that anyone could ever ask for!”

A member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Tironi is trained in sedation dentistry, dental implantology, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.