Why do baby teeth matter?
Since baby teeth fall out anyway, many parents are unconcerned about keeping them healthy. However, baby teeth actually play several important roles in your child’s dental health.
First, baby teeth allow your child to eat normally. If they become decayed or deteriorate so badly that they must be pulled, your child might end up restricting his diet until the permanent teeth emerge—not a good situation for a growing child!
Baby teeth also serve as spacers for the permanent teeth. If the baby teeth remain healthy until they fall out naturally, the permanent teeth are more likely to emerge properly aligned.
Dental infections can become systemic. If your child’s baby teeth become infected, it is important to ensure that the infection does not spread to the rest of the body.
Finally, people tend to continue the habits that they learn in childhood. Taking good care of the baby teeth helps to ensure a lifetime of good dental health habits.
Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome you to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, we blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. To start your journey to better oral health, call us today at (912) 354-1366.