Why is it important to care for baby teeth?

Tooth decay in baby teeth can cause infections that can cause fever and pain. If left untreated, the infection caused by tooth decay can spread to other parts of the head and neck and cause severe swelling. Children with decayed front teeth tend not to smile or to cover their mouths when they talk. It is a common misconception that baby teeth, due to the fact that they are not permanent, are not important to take care of them; but this could not be more false.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it's crucial to maintain the health of your primary (or “baby”) teeth. They are the framework around which permanent teeth will develop. It's important to keep your child's first teeth or baby teeth healthy. Baby teeth maintain space for adult teeth.

Taking care of your child's teeth will protect them from cavities (cavities). Baby teeth may be small, but they are important. They act as placeholders for permanent teeth. Without healthy baby teeth, your child will have trouble chewing, smiling and speaking clearly.

That's why it's so important to take care of your baby's teeth and keep them cavity-free. By starting early, your baby gets used to the daily routine. Call or book an appointment with Dentistry for Children to ensure your child has positive dental visits and expert care.

Cleveland Spadafore
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