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The Importance of baby Teeth

 

 

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Baby teeth are as important to infants and children as permanent teeth are to older children and adults. The average for first teeth to erupt is 6 months of age and all 20 primary teeth usually erupt by the age of three. 

Baby teeth:

  • are necessary for children to chew properly
  • hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums
  • are necessary for proper speech

If a child loses a baby tooth too early, the space must be saved with a space maintainer. Accidents and dental disease may be reasons for a primary tooth to be lost. If space is not maintained, the new permanent tooth may erupt out of its proper position. This can effect the positioning of other teeth that leads to crowding and bite misalignment that needs correction with orthodontics.

Regular dental check ups that offer preventative measures and diagnose disease early on, are important tools in keeping baby teeth healthy and in place until the permanent teeth are ready to erupt.

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