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The Importance Of Baby Teeth

By Lone Tree Pediatric Dentistry - March 24, 2021

A topic we come across a lot when discussing baby teeth, cavities and proper dental hygiene is “why do baby teeth matter if they are going to fall out anyway?” 

Baby (or primary) teeth are unbelievably important to your child’s health and development.  Of their many positive attributes, they help him or her chew, speak and smile.  With regard to chewing, our teeth help us to ensure proper jaw development as well as providing the necessary nutrition for development of the rest of the body.  With regard to speaking, they play a pivotal role in development of appropriate speech patterns. 

In their most basic form, however, primary teeth hold the space for and even guide the eruption of adult (or permanent) teeth into the most ideal position in the mouth.  If a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth or even other primary teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This circumstance may lead to crowded or crooked teeth.  Furthermore, this would create the environment for a more difficult and costly orthodontic treatment plan to lead to that perfect smile.

For the previously mentioned reasons, as well as many more, starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to ensure you are doing everything you can to ensure impeccable oral health for your child call Lone Tree Pediatric Dentistry at 303-793-0899. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Nick