Pediatric Dentistry: Five of the Reasons Why Baby Teeth Need to be Taken Care Of

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1. Baby teeth aid in the alignment of permanent teeth

The main purpose of baby teeth is to guide permanent teeth. If a tooth is removed due to decay, other teeth will shift and could cause crowding and other problems as permanent teeth come through. If a baby tooth is removed, dental hardware should be used to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting.

2. Properly cared for teeth improve overall health

Children who have issues with their baby teeth, such as decay, are more likely to experience nutrient deficiency because of an inability or a discomfort when chewing certain foods. The bacteria that is created in decaying teeth also correlate to a higher chance of getting strep throat.

3. Teeth help with speech        

If a child loses their baby teeth too early, it could cause their permanent teeth to come in crooked which can have an effect on their ability to annunciate and speak properly.

4. A nice smile can help with confidence

We all know that children can be cruel and unattractive teeth can be a cause for bullying. Your child should feel comfortable laughing and smiling without fear of being made fun of.

5. Creating good oral hygiene habits

The early years of a child’s life are very important when it comes to their overall development. Habits can be formed – both good and bad. If your child is taught the important of oral hygiene and takes good care of their baby teeth, they’re more likely to keep up this good habit once their permanent adult teeth come in.

At Halonen Family Dentistry in Battle Creek, pediatric dentistry is one of our specialties. Please contact us today to make an appointment for your child.