Baby teeth are just going to fall out anyway. Why do they need special care?
Though many people think of baby teeth as disposable because they eventually fall out and are replaced by their permanent teeth, they play an important role in the development of your child’s future oral health.
Having comfortable, healthy primary (baby) teeth increases the likelihood of healthy secondary teeth. Since decay can transfer from primary to secondary teeth, good oral hygiene is essential. Comfort is important as your child grows and explores the wide range of healthy foods available.
Primary teeth offer guidance for secondary teeth. The premature loss of baby teeth may result in orthodontic conditions such as a misaligned bite or malocclusion. In some cases, we may recommend the use of a space maintainer for the loss of primary teeth to ensure there is enough room for secondary teeth to erupt properly aligned and without discomfort.
Accidents sometimes happen, especially to active kids! Sports, playground fun, and simple horsing around can put their teeth at risk. If your child experiences a dental emergency, including pain, tooth loss, or discoloration, we encourage you to call immediately so we can take action to restore their health and comfort.
Baby teeth are a necessary part of your child’s development. We strive for their health and preservation because it is beneficial to your child’s overall health.