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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 children.

 

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.

 

The American 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.

 

 

 

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