Baby Teeth Matter
It can be easy to think that baby teeth do not really matter much. After all, they will fall out at some point. The real truth is that baby teeth are very important, and they definitely do matter. Also referred to as primary or milk teeth, baby teeth play a role in the emotional, physical and social development of children. At Weideman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics we work closely with parents to ensure the dental wellness of each of our patients.
Alignment and Position of Teeth
Baby teeth serve an important job in the mouth. They save room for the adult teeth that will grow in, and they provide guidance to ensure that they grow into their correct position. If a baby tooth falls out because of an incident or decay, the teeth adjacent to them will drift or otherwise move into that vacated space. This leaves less room for the permanent teeth as they erupt. It can even block them from erupting entirely.
Ensuring Healthy Adult Teeth
Anything that happens to the baby teeth can affect the permanent teeth. For example, if the baby teeth have cavities that are not taken care of, then an infection or abscess can develop. This can result in damaging the permanent tooth underneath. Additionally, if cavities are present on the baby teeth and permanent teeth come in next to them, the cavities will spread rapidly to that new tooth.
Healthy Body and Good Nutrition
Teeth are an important part of learning to eat solid foods. If a child experienced pain from a cavity, they may not chew their food correctly or they may avoid eating much entirely. This can result in nutritional deficiencies that may impact the way that your child grows.
Of greater concern is that an untreated cavity can pose a risk of infection, which can spread throughout the body. It can rapidly result in an emergency situation that could result in hospitalization.
Cheeks, lips, and the tongue deflect off of the teeth when it comes to the formation of sounds. The correct positioning of the baby teeth will help with correct pronunciation while learning to speak. Taking good care of these baby teeth will help to ensure that children learn to speak correctly.
Facial Muscle Development
Correct tooth structure also ensures that the facial muscles can develop correctly. This will help to give your child’s face its natural shape. Loss of one or more teeth can have an impact on how your child’s face looks.
It should also be noted that missing or unhealthy-looking baby teeth can take a toll on how your child feels about their appearance. Good self-confidence can begin with a healthy smile.
Establishing good oral wellness habits can help to protect baby teeth. These same early learned habits will help your children to maintain healthy permanent teeth as they grow up.
Baby teeth are an essential part of healthy adult teeth development. At Weideman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics we will monitor the growth and health of your child’s teeth to ensure they get the best start in dental health. Call us at (916) 962-0577 to schedule a checkup.