As a parent, especially if you’re a new parent, you may wonder why baby teeth are important? You may also be wondering if it’s that vital to take care of them. Many, like yourself, might conclude, those baby teeth will eventually fall out anyway so what’s the big deal? Why is it so important to take care of them?
All good questions.
The answer is a simple Yes. You do need to take care of them for two very good reasons.
- They play a major role in your child’s dental development – Your child’s first set of teeth are very significant, so your child can chew and learn to talk.
- Baby teeth also play the role of keeping space in your child’s mouth until the permanent teeth are ready to grow in. Once the permanent teeth are ready to come in, the baby teeth begin to fall out. Yes, it’s time for tooth fairy visits.
Since these teeth play such a vital role in the development of your child’s mouth, it makes sense they need to be well cared for. Without brushing and flossing of our adult teeth, we run the risk of devastating consequences. Tooth decay, cavities, gum disease are all possibilities if you don’t take care of your teeth.
Unfortunately, your child’s first set of teeth are in equal danger without the same care. Without this care, your child’s first teeth could become damaged and fall out too early. This could lead to your child then having the permanent teeth come in crooked or crowded.
Also, by starting to brush and floss their teeth early, your child will become accustomed to this being a part of their routine. You’ll save yourself time and frustration down the road.
So, as you can see, those baby teeth, while they do fall out, play a vital role in a future bright smile and a time to establish good oral health habits.
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