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When your young children get a cavity in their baby teeth, you’ll be prompted by Dr. Christine Hervas to have it filled as soon as possible. However, it may seem counter intuitive to fill a tooth that’s just going to fall out, right?

Well, not exactly. Our team at Crossroads Dental in Luling, Texas, has some advice as to why you want to fill your children’s cavities.

Prevents pain

First and foremost, cavities left untreated don’t feel that great. They can cause a great deal of discomfort, especially for younger children who tend to have much lower pain tolerances than adults. Filling the cavity is just the right thing to do from a parental standpoint.

Prevents other cavities

Additionally, filling the cavity prevents the decay in the affected tooth from expanding to surrounding teeth. If a cavity isn’t filled as soon as possible it can actually erode the first tooth and cause more problems in other teeth, presenting even more fillings that need to happen and upping the possibility of problems such as an abscess or even gingivitis.

Saves adult teeth

The most important thing to remember, though, is that filling a cavity in a baby tooth saves the adult tooth growing beneath it. A cavity in a baby tooth can easily erode an adult tooth, ruining it before it even appears.

If your children need a cavity filled, call us today at 830.351.6202.