Why are baby teeth so important? Don't they fall out?
Children's Dental Health is a Precursor for Adult's Dental Health
Baby teeth are extremely important because research shows that a high number of cavities in baby teeth tends to correlate with a high number of cavities that form in the adult teeth.
Good oral hygiene and proper nutrition are important for preventing cavities even in primary teeth. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and regular dental cleanings all play a part in keeping cavities at bay. Children will need help brushing and flossing until around the age of eight when their dexterity improves.
The baby teeth are also important for holding the spaces for the permanent teeth. They act as guides for permanent teeth as they grow in. Removing teeth too early or losing them to trauma and decay causes problems with long-term growth patterns. If baby teeth are lost too early, it can cause the permanent teeth to be more crowded or misaligned.
We Work With You for Well-Rounded Dental Care
At Essenmacher Family Dental, we work with our patients from all angles – prevention, detection, early diagnosis, patient education, and restorative treatment to keep teeth healthy so that your child can experience exceptional oral health for a lifetime.
Contact us to learn more about how to protect your little one’s smile! We look forward to welcoming you to our office.