It’s a common misconception that baby or primary teeth don’t play a significant role in children’s oral health because they eventually fall out. As the parent of a young child, you may wonder why the American Dental Association recommends that children have their first visit by their first birthday.
But your pediatric dentist in Brentwood, TN wants you to know that baby teeth do indeed play a crucial role in your child’s oral development in several ways.
Did you know that your child’s baby teeth started forming when you were about six to eight weeks pregnant? Not far behind are permanent teeth that are developing in the jaw by about the twentieth week.
As you can see, a lot is going on with your child’s dental development even before they make their appearance in the world!
3 Reasons to Protect Baby Teeth
Your child’s future dental health relies in large part on protecting the health of baby teeth that hold a space for permanent teeth to erupt correctly. As a parent, you should be aware of these three reasons to protect baby teeth:
- They help your child learn how to form words and develop proper speech patterns.
- They allow your son or daughter to navigate their first solid foods and eat a healthy, nutritious diet.
- They are placeholders that hold space and make a path for permanent teeth. Losing a baby tooth too soon leaves a gap, and surrounding teeth soon start drifting into it. Now the permanent tooth that follows doesn’t have enough space, so it erupts at odd angles and leads to future tooth misalignment.
Please Call to Schedule an Appointment!
As a new parent, you probably have a lot of questions about the best ways to keep your son or daughter’s smile healthy. Brentwood, TN pediatric dentists Dr. Rick and Dr. Sully, have decades of combined experience helping our youngest patients get a positive start with their dental care.
Please call Sullivan Dental Partners to arrange your child’s next appointment!