Forever Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Are Baby Teeth Important?

March 8, 2022
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Posted By: Forever Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Here are just a few reasons why baby (Primary) teeth are important

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While no one can promise that if infant teeth are the “end all, be all” for orthodontic preparation, they can be a factor. Infant teeth, also known as primary teeth, act as place-holders in your child’s mouth to help guide their next set of teeth into position. When baby teeth need to be removed or are lost at an improper time, it increases the chances that their permanent ones will sprout in the wrong place. This can also determine whether or not your child needs early orthodontic needs in the future.

Speech Development

As we all know, when you speak, you use your teeth, lips, and tongue to form sounds and pronounce the words we use for communication. If your child loses their teeth during a key developmental time in their life, this can lead them to develop a speech impediment or have difficulty sounding out certain words. Timing can make all the difference. The arrangement of their primary and secondary teeth in their mouth additionally helps their facial structure and build the muscles in their cheeks (used to speak).

Healthy Adult Teeth

Often people don’t know that if an infant's tooth has a tooth infection that moves to the root of their tooth, these problems can spread to the permanent teeth underneath their gums. Because primary teeth are so small and their enamel is thin, other oral health problems like decay can spread fast. That’s why it’s important to take your little one for regular checkups and cleanings with their dentist for toddlers early on. Not to mention, even if there aren’t any issues lingering in their mouth, this is a great way to get your child used to their dentist and oral health meetings.

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