The primary teeth serve to help the child function before the permanent teeth come in and also serve to hold the space for the permanent teeth. If you lose a baby tooth early due to decay, everything will shift and you won't have room for the permanent teeth - - and could eventually lead to orthodontic work. More importantly, dental decay causes pain. Many people don't realize that dental pain is the primary reason for school absences.
ADA: In preparing for the new school year, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) remind parents and caregivers to include a dental examination as part of their children's routine back-to-school health check-ups and immunizations.
Children may need X-rays more often than adults. This is because their teeth and jaws are still developing and because their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults.
Professional dental care is important to maintaining good overall health. More than half of all 5-to 9-year-old children have at least one cavity or filling. Tooth decay is the result of an infectious disease for which there is no immunization. Left untreated, it can have tragic effects. Tooth Decay remains the most common, chronic disease of children—four times more common than asthma and a key cause of tooth loss in younger people."
The ADA and AAP's back-to-school health awareness campaign is part of an effort by both organizations, reminding parents to complete all the health examinations and necessary immunizations for their children in time for the new school year.