Answering the Universal Question every parent has “ Why do I need to take my child to a specialist pediatric dentist?”

Are you looking for an answer? People often wonder if it is really important or relevant to go to a dentist for the so called “milk teeth”. An old saying is “ Getting treatments at early ages can lead to loss of eyesight”. Come on guys! Don’t tell me you ever believed that! This post will give you an insight about the importance of primary or the milk teeth and the need to save them until their physiological exfoliation. Here are five reasons why you need to see a specialist for your child’s oral health:

  1. Teeth behind teeth:

This is a most common sight in a child approaching 6 years of age. You need to take a vigilant action at the very moment that you see this sight. Actually, there is no need to get scared by the term “ vigilant action” because it is an usual finding. It’s just that it has to be addressed early. That’s all. It is always a better idea to visit a specialist pediatric dentist in such a case because the predecessor teeth need immediate extraction for the successor permanent teeth to adjust in the space created. The hefty tongue muscles are going to help in this. I have seen many dentists extracting four teeth for adjusting two new ones. The newly erupting teeth do seem bigger but there are natural processes like jaw growth which are going to take care of that. Just imagine what will happen when the successors of the other two will need space if you extract four teeth here. My point here is that you need to visit a specialist for a better advice.

2. Crooked tooth:

There is definitely a lot happening in this picture. But I want to point out the upper front tooth which has erupted in a wrong position. If something like that is happening with your child, you need to run to a specialist right now. Such problems can lead to a malaligned complete arch in future. Your child will have a social implication because of this and will lose his confidence in school and in front of peers. All he needs right now is some interceptive treatment and he can look like other kids in a short period of time. So, don’t wait and let this problem escalate into a bigger orthodontic malocclusion requiring braces. Treat early and save money!

3. Tiny discolorations on milk teeth

If you are thinking these are stains and will go with regular brushing, you are highly mistaken. This is the earliest presentation of early childhood caries or the milk bottle caries. Do you often give your child a sweetened milk bottle at night before sleeping? Do you think milk teeth do not need to be brushed? Do you often breast feed your child to sleep? If you can relate to any of these above questions and your answer is Yes , then I don’t need to speak any further as to what could be the cause. Yes, excessive breast feeding, sweetened milk bottle feeding, non maintenance of kid’s oral hygiene are the causes of this problem. This form of caries is very aggressive and fast spreading so, needs an immediate attention. Run to a specialist pediatric dentist for guidance and treatment.

4. Anticipatory guidance

Many parents come to me with a worry about these spaces between the baby teeth. I often admire their proactive nature but this is not to be scared of. These spaces are totally healthy. Instead, if your baby has milk teeth which are set close together, you need to start worrying. And that is when you should visit a specialist pediatric dentist to start a series of guided extractions for a better aligned dentition in future. Such treatments initiated at young ages, lead to healthy growth changes and adaptation of the oro-facial structure.

5. Extra tooth between the upper front teeth

“Mesiodens” a conical shaped extra tooth between the upper front teeth is seen in many children and require immediate attention. They lead to many malalignment problems. The permanent tooth might not erupt! They might erupt in wrong places! So, go visit a dentist if you see such teeth in your child’s mouth.

So, these are five reasons out of the plethora of many more. I would be sharing more. Looking forward to your response.

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