Importance of Baby Teeth

Young girl smiling with baby teeth

Many parents will ask “Why worry about baby teeth when they are going to fall out?” Baby teeth (primary teeth) are important because they do not only aid in function of the oral cavity through chewing and speech development, but they also help to hold space for the developing permanent teeth. Excellent dental care helps to aid the developing oral cavity prepare for the emergence of the permanent teeth.

When primary teeth get decay, they can lead to dental pain and abscessed teeth. Studies have shown that children with severe decay miss more days of school and have a harder time concentrating in school. It is important for children to build strong preventive habits early on so that they may go on to have excellent dental hygiene as they mature.

Pediatric teeth cleaningOur goals are to help minimize early childhood decay, and restoring teeth that have cavities which may cause children discomfort and pain.

Our doctors will always explain when and why a tooth needs a restoration and how to prevent future cavities from developing through diet and good oral hygiene.

 

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