WHY ARE PRIMARY TEETH IMPORTANT ?
There are so many questions parents, especially new parents
may have regarding their children’s oral health. When do I take my child to
their first dental visit? When should I begin brushing my child’s teeth? What
foods are best for my child’s teeth? I get it, I am a parent of two boys. My
wife and I always want to ensure that we are doing all the right things for our
It is very important to maintain the health of primary
teeth. Neglected cavities frequently lead to problems which affect developing
permanent teeth. Primary teeth or baby teeth are important for proper chewing and
eating, for providing space for permanent teeth and guiding them into the
correct position, and for permitting normal development of the jaw bones and
muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech.
Academy of Pediatric
Dentistry recommends that the first examination occurs at the time of eruption
of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age. The developing dentition
and occlusion should be monitored throughout eruption at regular clinical
examinations. Unrecognized dental disease can result in exacerbated problems
which lead to more extensive and expensive care, whereas early detection and
management of oral conditions can improve a child’s oral health and well being.