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The attitude that hygiene and treatment of milk teeth can be neglected because "they fail anyway" is wrong. Apart from the bad pain that a sick tooth can cause your child: a carious milk tooth can have long-term unpleasant consequences.
Caries bacteria are "contagious", i.e. they are transferred to the other teeth, even the permanent ones. It is particularly unfavorable if a tooth gap is created too early due to untreated caries. The milk teeth play a major role in learning to speak and eat. They should be firm, complete and healthy at this stage. They also have one important long-term placeholder function: if milk teeth fall out too early or are deformed, this affects the development of the advancing teeth. They can get crooked and crooked. Precaution and tooth preservation is therefore also important for milk teeth.

Beginning caries (initial caries) can be counteracted. Acids initially attack the enamel. This can sometimes show up as a chalky white spot on the tooth. At this stage, a "repair", i.e. Remineralization of the demineralized areas of the enamel is still possible. Dental cleaning removes all plaque from the affected areas and applies fluoride gels for remineralization. To do this, however, we have to identify this spot on the tooth enamel as early as possible. Therefore, you should routinely go to children at least twice a year Dental checkup go! The Parents can help to avoid drilling.

If the caries bacteria have already penetrated into the enamel below the surface, nothing helps: it got to be drilled to remove the carious site. Then there is one filling necessary. For milk teeth, glass ionomer cement is often used, yellowish-tooth-colored and not as long-lasting as a plastic filling. This is covered by the statutory health insurance companies. For permanent teeth or long-needed milk teeth, we use more resilient, white plastic fillings.

Root canal treatment of the milk teeth is also possible. We will work with you to determine whether it makes sense for your child. In this case there is even one Primary tooth crown! It is made of surgical steel and much cheaper than crowns for adults. It helps to maintain the important chewing and placeholder function, especially for molars.

If the tooth can no longer be saved (or is lost due to an accident), a so-called. space maintainers, an artificial tooth is used as a placeholder.

The mineral content of milk teeth is lower than that of permanent teeth. Therefore, they are more porous and more susceptible to caries. The enamel of the milk teeth is significantly thinner, the milk tooth nerves are relatively larger than those of the permanent ones and they are closer to the surface. In this way, tooth decay can cause bad damage, such as roots and nerves, more quickly to reach and cause painful inflammation or even tooth loss!

A special phenomenon is the so-called early childhood tooth decay ("Pacifier baby bottle tooth decay"). This form of caries is particularly painful and destructive and a serious problem in infancy and toddlerhood. The cause of the early carious destruction is that the milk teeth are constantly exposed to sugary or acidic beverages when “sucking” with feeding bottles or sippy cups.

So do not leave your child with the bottle or sippy cup to suck on or fall asleep. And give your child only unsweetened tea or water from the start.


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