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Why Your Kid’s Baby Teeth Matter

A child showing off their baby teeth atSmile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry in Rogers, ARBaby teeth, also known as primary teeth, are temporary teeth that form in babies, and which then later fall to pave the way for the permanent teeth. Due to the temporary nature of baby teeth, many parents make the mistake of believing that they are not important. After all, what is the use of caring for teeth that will just come off later? Unfortunately, this belief is wrong, as baby teeth do matter. Improper care of these teeth can lead to serious dental health issues that can affect your kid in their adulthood. It is for this reason that we, Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, believe in the proper care of your kid’s baby teeth.

What Is the Importance of Baby Teeth?

Even though they are temporary, baby teeth play several important roles. Below is a look at some of them:
•  Promoting proper tooth alignment. When baby teeth fall off, they do so at the right time, which is typically when the permanent teeth are ready to emerge. However, if they were to be lost early due to dental problems such as tooth decay, they would leave spaces that could cause teeth and jaw alignment problems. Caring for baby teeth can help to prevent these problems from occurring.
•  Promoting healthy and strong teeth. Dental health problems that affect your kids baby teeth can spread to the permanent teeth. For example, untreated cavities and infection can easily spread from the baby teeth to the permanent teeth since permanent teeth grown on nearly the same positions as the baby teeth. Caring for your kids baby teeth is thus a sure way of avoiding serious dental health issues in their later years.
•  Speech development. Speech development, which occurs at a young age, requires the proper functioning of all oral parts, including tongue, lip, cheeks, and teeth. Therefore, oral health issues such as missing or misaligned teeth can lead to some serious problems with speech development.
•  A confidence boost for your kid. Proper oral care for your kid helps to develop healthy, strong, properly functioning, and aesthetically pleasing teeth, something that translates into a great smile. They are also more likely to observe the oral care practices you teach him/her in later years, which helps to maintain these benefits. As a result, he/she will not have to worry about dental problems that can cause embarrassment in social situations.

Taking Care of Your Kid’s Baby Teeth

The above benefits of baby teeth echo the need for proper oral care during your kid’s early years. However, how can you manage that as a parent? Below are some tips on caring for your child’s teeth:
•  Regular brushing. You should start brushing your childs teeth when they appear to prevent teeth problems such as decay and cavities. When they are old enough, you should teach them how to brush, and ensure that they do in on a regular basis. By empowering your child to care for their baby teeth, you can start them on the path of life-long dental care.
•  Avoid over-indulging your kid in sugary foods and drinks.
•  Fluoridation. Providing a source of fluoride to help your child develop strong teeth. The fluoride source can be from water, foods, fluoride supplements, etc.
•  Regular dental exams. Regular dental visits will help to detect and rectify problems before they become serious. The initial exam and x-rays are the start of these visits, and is vitally important to life-long health.

Your child’s baby teeth matter and caring for them can offer benefits that will last into adulthood. Call us, Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, at 470-876-8883 for more information on how you can care for your little one’s teeth.

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