Why Pulling Baby Teeth with Cavities is NOT Your Dentist’s First Choice
As a parent, you try to do all the right things for your child. You help your child brush and floss, you offer teeth-healthy snacks, and you only let them drink water, yet despite all your efforts, your toddler or child has cavities in their baby teeth. You and your child are not alone. In fact, almost 30% of children 2 to 5 years of age get dental caries in their primary teeth. That number jumps to a little over 50% for children 6 to 11 years of age!
Since these teeth eventually loosen and fall out anyway, you may be tempted to ask your dentist to pull a decayed primary tooth. However, pulling baby teeth with cavities rarely is the best option.