ARE BABY TEETH IMPORTANT?

Some parents still consider baby teeth less important than permanent teeth because they fall out and are replaced by the permanent teeth. However, besides their obvious importance for eating, speech, and appearance, healthy baby teeth are essential for guiding permanent teeth into place. Permanent teeth develop under the baby teeth and are guided into their position by the baby teeth.

Early neglect of baby teeth can result in a number of problems. Tooth decay in a young child can quickly lead to pain and infection, and because of their young age, dental restorative treatment can be difficult.

Early loss of primary teeth due to severe tooth decay causes the guide for the permanent teeth to be lost. When the space for the permanent teeth is reduced, crowding or misalignment of the permanent teeth can occur.

Begin taking care of your baby's teeth from the start:

It is important to start bringing your child to the dentist at age 1. The American Dental Association recommends that a dentist examine a child within six months after the first tooth comes in. Besides checking for tooth decay and other problems, the dentist can show you how to clean and maintain your child's oral health properly. Sometimes children have decay at age 2. “Two is Too Late”. Lets prevent cavities from the beginning!

Author
Alamo Dentist Aminda Modrell

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