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One of the best things you can do when raising kids is to teach them great oral health habits. A big part of that is teaching them the importance of preventing cavities.

If – or as it sometimes feels, when – your kids get cavities, you may wonder if it’s worth the money to get the cavity filled. From a life lesson standpoint, and a health standpoint, the answer is yes. Let’s look at why that is.

Potential infection risk
If you don’t fill cavities in kids’ baby teeth, there’s always the risk that the cavity will spread to the adult tooth beneath, causing infection in that tooth, your child’s gums, and potentially the jaw bone as well. When a dentist recommends a filling for a baby tooth, it’s largely for this reason.

Loss of adult teeth
On top of the infection risk, one thing that Dr. Daniel Bishop will point out as a risk of not filling a cavity in a baby tooth is the risk of losing the adult tooth beneath it. Cavities easily spread from tooth to tooth, and if the cavity gets bad enough it can cause one to form in the adult tooth beneath it. That means your child doesn’t lose just one tooth to a cavity, but two.

That results in higher dental costs throughout your child’s adolescence, and a painful experience for them as well. Here at Bishop Family Dental in Salt Lake City, Utah, our team has seen this situation play out far too often. We don’t want to see it happen to you and your child.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 801-274-2500.