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Dentistry for Children

Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Saha takes special pride and extreme care in treating children. Her patients include adults and children over the age of 3 years.

As a parent, you have a big role to play in keeping your child's teeth healthy and clean. You can help prevent cavities. Prevention starts early in life at home, with good eating habits and daily cleaning of the teeth. Habits and values acquired early in life are the foundation for lifelong of dental health.

When a dentist says your child needs a filling in a baby tooth, the first question that may come to your mind is, "Since the tooth is going to fall out, why bother?"

Some primary (or baby) teeth will be in your child's mouth until age 12. The tooth that needs to be fixed may be one of those.

Broken teeth or teeth that are infected can hurt your child's health and the way your child feels about him or herself.

To do a filling, the dentist removes the decay and "fills" the hole with metal, plastic or other material. A filling can be a cheap and easy way to fix a problem that could be painful and cost more later because it stops decay from spreading deeper into the tooth.

If a filling is not done and decay spreads, the tooth may need to be pulled out. If this happens, your child may need a space maintainer to hold space for the permanent tooth.

When a baby (or primary) tooth is missing, the teeth on each side may move into the space. They can block the permanent tooth from coming in. To hold the space, your dentist may put a plastic or metal space maintainer on the teeth on each side of the space, to keep the teeth from moving in.