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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Absolutely the best. Our first time there and my child who has separation anxiety and has some behavioral problems and they made his experience overall amazing. They made it fun and let him have his own tool to look at his teeth while home. Can’t wait for our next visit!

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My children don’t mind coming to the dentist now that they come here. Before they use to beg and cry not to. Now they tell me my teeth hurt here and there , we must go to the dentist . Very nice surprise! Thank you!

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You guys did an amazing job with my 4 year old. Not at all during the appointment was she stressed or nervous. The staff was extremely friendly and caring.

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