While it is true that baby teeth eventually fall out, they are integral in the development of a healthy and resilient smile. It’s important for you and your child to take great care when baby teeth start to erupt.
Primary Teeth are Placeholders
Your child’s primary teeth protect the space while their permanent teeth develop. Making sure they are taken care of properly ensures that there is a solid, healthy foundation in place when it comes time for their adult smile to emerge. The condition of baby teeth can also act as a warning sign for any oral health concerns that may occur. Even mild crowding and malocclusion in a developing smile can be taken as a signal that, without intervention, your child may need more significant care in the future.
Instilling Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Although baby teeth eventually fall out, preserving their health is still vital to your child’s dental development. Parents should teach their children the importance of good oral hygiene as soon as their child’s smile begins to emerge. Not only are you setting the stage for long-lasting permanent teeth, you are establishing a positive routine your child will carry with them into adulthood.
Addressing Issues with Baby Teeth
Many parents are curious as to why their child’s dentist performs restorative work on primary teeth since they are not permanent. Placing a crown on a baby tooth or filling a cavity impacts the development of the adult tooth that follows. By having sources of decay treated early on, the permanent tooth erupts into a healthier oral environment, giving it to chance to be a part of your child’s smile for years to come.
At our practice, we firmly believe education and preventive care are among the most effective ways to help children enjoy years of ideal oral health. You can learn more about the development of your child’s smile by scheduling an appointment at Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City. Call today to get started!