Your child's baby teeth are destined to be replaced, and as such may seem less important than their adult teeth. But baby teeth do more than just fall out. They're necessary to your child's development, and can affect your child's overall health as well. Although your child's primary teeth will eventually be replaced by secondary or adult teeth, they serve several vital roles and deserve all the same care you would give to permanent teeth.
Holding the space
When we say that adult teeth will eventually take the place of baby teeth, what we mean is that each baby tooth actually helps to form and maintain a space in your child's mouth for the adult tooth that will eventually replace it. The baby teeth provide the foundation of healthy development for adult teeth, and affect the shape of your child's mouth for the rest of their life. When baby teeth are prematurely lost, or grow irregularly, other teeth may move into the space, preventing their adult teeth from coming in properly. Care and attention paid to dental health now can prevent later complications, and is an investment in the future.
Diet and nutrition
Healthy baby teeth allow your child to eat the foods that are necessary for their health and growth. A child with weak, damaged, missing, or painful teeth may not be able to bite and chew foods such as fruits and vegetables, which are often hard, and they may also have difficulty getting enough food for their growing bodies. Aside from providing your child with nutrients, chewing with baby teeth also aids in the proper development of the jaw muscles, promoting the jaw strength they will rely on for the rest of their lives. Teeth play an important role in keeping your child's diet healthy, as well as the growth and development of their mouth.
Baby teeth serve vital roles in the development of a healthy mouth, proper chewing, and speech. Ask us about the proper care for your baby's teeth as soon as the first one appears.Contact Us
Learning to speak
Some sounds in English and many other languages rely on the teeth to allow us to make them. The ‘th' sound is one example; it relies on touching the tip of your tongue to your front teeth. Without their teeth, your child will not be able to learn to make these sounds, and will have greater difficulty mastering the language. Ensuring your child's dental health also helps their speech develop and allows them to communicate more clearly.
The dangers of tooth decay
Although damage to the baby teeth will be erased when those teeth fall out, it can have serious consequences now if left untreated. Tooth decay can lead to more widespread infection, and may be related to other health problems. From the moment their first teeth emerge, caring for your child's teeth is caring for their whole body.