Baby Teeth: Their Importance

Published on May 12, 2012 by

Your dentist will tell you that baby teeth are very important. You may think that these teeth are going to be replaced by adult teeth anyways, so why take such good care of them. Baby teeth are important for speaking and chewing, and also create space for the adult teeth to erupt properly into the mouth. They are also important for esthetics. If the baby teeth are lost too soon, i.e., before the adult teeth are ready to erupt, dental procedures must be performed in order to preserve the space for the adult teeth. Your dentist will make your child a space maintainer so that the permanent teeth can erupt properly. If the teeth adjacent to the empty space erupt into the empty space, there won’t be room for the adult tooth to erupt and teeth crowding will occur. Then your child will require orthodontic tooth movement in the future, which can be rather costly. So, hold onto those baby teeth for as long as possible. Bring your child to our clinic or your dentist when they are 1 year old. Above all, make sure that they brush their teeth properly and only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. If you can’t use a brush, wipe their teeth with a moist gauze. Watch them and help them, and make sure they do not swallow the toothpaste.

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