Are Baby Teeth Really That Important?
Yes! While baby teeth are eventually replaced, they’re important for helping your child learn how to talk and eat. If you have any additional questions or concerns about baby teeth, don't hesitate to contact us today! We are waiting to help you and your child.
Baby teeth also save space for permanent teeth, which erupt through the gum line as early as 6 years of age. Continue reading to learn the importance of oral hygiene during childhood and how a pediatric dentist can help your child build healthy habits.
Importance of Baby Teeth
Oral Hygiene Habits
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting American children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, a pediatric dentist can help protect your child’s teeth and gums. A pediatric dentist understands that childhood is the best opportunity to build a strong foundation for good oral health.
It will be much easier for your child to learn healthy oral hygiene habits when they’re young, rather than correcting issues later in life. For example, brushing teeth twice a day is a good habit that removes plaque and prevents cavities.
Try reading the rest of this paragraph out loud, taking note of how many times your tongue touches your teeth. Certain sounds are almost impossible to make without teeth, which is why it’s important to take care of your child’s oral health. Missing teeth can make your child slur, lisp, or spit while talking.
Try saying these words without having your tongue touch your teeth:
- “F” sound in “Friday”
- “S” sound in “Said”
- “V” sound in “Volcano”
- “Z” sound in “Zipper”
- “Sh” sound in “Should”
- “Th” sound in “Thanks”
Saying the above words is difficult, right? Now think about what it would be like for your child to make friends on the playground while trying to hide their lisp. Or dreading when the teacher calls on them to read in front of the class. One of the best gifts you can give your child is a healthy smile.
Children who feel self-conscious of their teeth are more likely to mumble or talk quietly. This is because some children train themselves to lower their upper lip over their teeth or keep their mouth as closed as possible while talking. The best way to prevent teeth problems is to teach your child good habits (like brushing teeth twice a day) and taking them to see a pediatric dentist.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child have their first dentist appointment once they get their first tooth or before their first birthday. After their first appointment, your child will need a teeth cleaning and oral examination every 6 months so we can protect their baby teeth.
Badly decayed or missing teeth can make it difficult for your child to eat their favorite foods. The idea is to have your child see a pediatric dentist before it gets this bad. Your child’s pediatric dentist will be able to catch tooth decay early so it can be treated with a simple cavity filling.
If your child is prone to getting cavities, their dentist may recommend dental sealants to seal the biting surface of their back teeth. Having healthy teeth will make it easier for your child to eat the nutritious foods they need to grow.
Our pediatric dentists in Livonia, Dearborn, and Canton can help you learn so your child can maintain a healthy smile. To schedule your child’s appointment with one of our pediatric dentists, call Children’s Dental Care today. We look forward to hearing from you!