Elmhurst Pediatric Dentist Discusses The Importance Of Primary Teeth

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jun 8, 2018

One of the most important things that our Elmhurst dentists do in our office is to educate children and their parents about the ins and outs of pediatric dental care. We have found over the years that there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding pediatric dentistry: why it’s important and how it works. So, we’ve put together this quick overview about dental care for kids, we hope it helps!

  1. Baby teeth are important

Eventually your children are going to lose their primary teeth, they’ll fall out naturally when it’s time for your child’s permanent teeth to come in. However, this doesn’t mean that primary teeth don’t matter, or that they don’t serve a purpose. It’s important for your child to maintain healthy primary teeth so that they can develop healthy speech patterns and expand their diets. Primary teeth also hold space along the gum line, so that permanent teeth can emerge easily and evenly.

  1. Good habits start early

When children have positive dental experiences, they are more likely to keep up with dental care in adulthood. You want to take this opportunity, while your child is young, to instill good habits, like brushing twice a day, and flossing at night. Take the time to do this now, so that by the time your child’s permanent teeth come in, they already have good routines in place.

  1. Timely professional care matters

As your child’s teeth develop, your dentist will look out for any signs of potential problems down the road; they may recommend proactive treatment to minimize your child’s oral health issues in years to come. Topical fluoride treatments, for example, can help your child maintain strong and resilient teeth into adulthood.

Our Elmhurst dentists are proud to treat patients of all ages; we know that a healthy and attractive smile is always in style. To schedule a personal consultation for you or your child, please contact our team by phone, or through the Contact Us page on our site!