In the United States, 1 in 20 children under age 6 has serious tooth decay. 1 in 5 children between the ages of 2 and 5 have at least one untreated cavity. The most common age for serious dental problems in young children is right around 22 months. That is the age when a child has almost all 20 of their baby teeth. Tooth decay doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it can cause problems that can follow a child into adulthood.
How is Tooth Decay Bad for Toddlers?
-Toddlers are still learning to speak. They need all the teeth in their mouth to help them say words correctly. If they lose their baby teeth too early, they may have speech problems later.
-A toddler’s jaw bones are still growing. Missing teeth might cause the jaw to form incorrectly. Bad cavities can also lead to dangerous infections inside the jaw bone.
-Missing teeth or a toothache can make it hard for a toddler to chew. This can lead to poor nutrition, which can affect their growth. Partly chewed food is also a choking hazard.
-If baby teeth come out too early, adult teeth might grow in crooked and your child may need braces.
-Cavities in baby teeth can damage the adult teeth that are forming under the gum.
-Pain from toothaches can also make toddlers fussy and unhappy. This can make it hard for both the parent and child to enjoy life!
If your toddler has tooth decay, or has not seen a dentist in the last six months, make an appointment today. At Kool Smiles, we love treating tiny teeth.