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Baby teeth- how important are baby teeth? can rotten baby teeth affect babies? when should i take baby to the doctor?

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Cavities in children: It is very important that children start getting dental care by the first year. Cavities always carry risk of more complications but definitely should consult further with dentist. I recommend that the child gets evaluated as soon as possible.

Answered 3/31/2014

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Baby teeth: Baby teeth are very important to the proper growth and development of the permanent teeth. Cavities should be treated. Take your baby to the dentist for the first exam now. Make sure you are brushing your baby's teeth.

Answered 3/31/2014

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Yes. Peds dentist: Rotten baby teeth can reflect more than poor hygiene, and can sometimes be a sign of a nutritional or systemic disorder. Although they will be replaced by adult teeth, rotten teeth and associated bacteria in the mouth have been linked to heart disease in adults. Get your baby to a pediatric dentist as soon as you can.

Answered 3/31/2014

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Yes rotten: Teeth can affect a babies health, should see dentist now if there are rotten teeth. Normally should see .Dentist for checkups starting between 1-2 years of age. Never let baby sleep with bottle in mouth.

Answered 12/2/2015

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Very important: Baby teeth does everything permanent teeth do and more. They help guide permanent teeth into place. In some ways they could be considered even more important. Rotten baby teeth can cause pain just like the permanent ones, and premature loss can cause permanents to come in crooked, or blocked and not be able to come in. Children should be seen as soon as they get teeth.

Answered 10/27/2016

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Dr. Justin Nelson answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

A LOT: once a baby starts to get teeth is a great time to take a baby to the dentist. They are very important for development, growth, nutrition and self esteem. Rotten or decayed teeth can effect babies in multiple ways but due to the fact that they can not be descriptive leads to them not being able to express pain etc which leads to issues with development, growth, nutrition unless taken care of.

Answered 3/1/2016

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