This blog post from Durham Dental Group focuses on baby teeth. Why would you take care of something that’s just going to fall out and be given to the tooth fairy? It’s a good question, with an even better answer.
Parents of young children shouldn’t feel like they are wasting their time caring for their kids’ teeth. Baby teeth are more important than many might think. Baby teeth are needed to keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that will come in later.
Baby teeth are also invaluable in the development of clear speech. This is especially important for parents who are dying to hear baby’s first word!
Having healthy baby teeth will also help your child develop a healthy diet because difficulty chewing can lead to the rejection of many different foods.
And, finally, tooth decay and infection can be passed down from baby teeth to permanent teeth as they develop below them. That’s not what you want for the teeth that your kids are going to have for the rest of their lives. You may be setting them up to need cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and dental implants.
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