Essenmacher Family Dental

Why are baby teeth so important? Don't they fall out?

Children's Dentistry | Albuquerque, NM | Essenmacher Family DentalChildren'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.

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

While we all watch and wait to see what the coming weeks hold for our nation, I pray for health and peace for all of you and those you love.  I know that together, we will get through this. Take care and God bless. Visit our Facebook page for a message from Dr. Essenmacher. 

Best Regards,

Dr. Essenmacher