Importance of milk teeth

Long live milk teeth

  • One of the main tasks of milk teeth is to enable feeding. While the child only feels pain during feeding at the early stages of tooth decay, the pain become constant as the tooth decay advances. The child feeling pain after eating will be unwilling to eat and as result, certain developmental retardations associated with malnutrition will be seen.
  • As the number and degree of the tooth decays progress, the amount of bacteria in the mouth will increase rapidly. And the rapid increase of bacteria in the mouth poses an important threat to other healthy teeth.
  • Tooth decay begins in tooth enamel, the exterior surface of the tooth and advances toward the deeper layers called dentine. While filling is sufficient at the early stages of the decay, treatments such as amputation (partial removal of dental pulp) or root canal therapy (full removal of dental pulo) may be needed in deeper decays. This will affect the treatment duration and treatment compliance of your children.
  • When tooth decay reaches the tooth pulp, deepest layer of tooth, your child will begin to suffer from pain at night. Nighttime pains will prevent your child from having a regular and uninterrupted sleep and this will affect the development of your child adversely like malnutrition does.
  • Some parents prefer the exraction of milk teeth instead of treatment. The reason for this is the presence of permanent teeth that will replace them afterwars. However, if the milk teeth, serving as a guide for the permanent teeth that will come afterwards are lost early on, neighboring teeth will move towards the extraction gap and the place of the permanent teeth that will arrive will be occupied. This may result in impacted teeth or deformities.
  • The last task of the milk teeth is to provide an aesthetic look. While this may seem insignificant for children, children with decayed frontal teeth or absent teeth usually keep their mouth closed and are unwilling to talk. These children have a tendency to hide their mouth and avoid from laughing. This may affect their self-confidence and psychological development.