Baby Teeth – Their Vital Role in Your Child’s Oral Health
Baby teeth fall out, so how important can they be? The answer is: very important! We’re about the explain the vital role that primary teeth (also called deciduous teeth) play in the oral health of your child.
A Predictor of Future Dental Health
First of all, kids who get cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop them early on once their adult teeth are in. Why? It may be a matter of developing a good routine. If it doesn’t happen as a child, it is also less likely to occur as a preteen or teen. Thus, it is vital to instill good dental hygiene at an early age.
On the other hand, it could be a signal of poor eating and snacking habits. Getting used to sodas and sweets at an early age can lead a child to gravitate toward sugary snacks and drinks for life. Since sugar feeds the bacteria that can cause tooth decay, this is a recipe for cavities and gum issues.
Placeholders for Adult Teeth
It is also important to keep in mind that baby teeth are placeholders for adult teeth. If they are lost prematurely, it could result in crooked adult teeth. This, in turn, could lead to expensive orthodontic work to correct the issue. As a result, space maintainers are important if a child loses a baby tooth too soon.
Preventative Care to Provide Your Child with a Healthy Smile
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we focus on good oral hygiene from an early age to ensure your child will have the healthiest smile possible, not only during childhood but throughout life. If this is the kind of dental care your desire for your children, contact us today by calling 619-741-1500.