Most pediatric patients that our Elmhurst dentists see are excited about their primary teeth for one reason: the tooth fairy. However, baby teeth are good for a lot more than getting a little cash under your pillow. These teeth are developmentally crucial; that’s why it’s so important that you teach your children to care for their baby teeth well. Keep reading to learn more.
The first reason that you want to emphasize proper oral hygiene habits with your child is so that he or she develops strong and sound dental habits. Think of baby teeth as “training teeth.” Your child can learn to brush and floss effectively before their permeant teeth even come in.
Beyond allowing your child to practice good oral hygiene habits, primary teeth also serve an important role as your child matures. It is important for your child to retain his or her baby teeth so that they can learn to speak and enunciate properly. Losing baby teeth prematurely can lead to speech issues.
When your child has healthy baby teeth she will also be able to expand her diet at age appropriate times. Young patients with gaps in their smile struggle to bite and chew normally.
Additionally, primary teeth actually serve as placeholders for the permanent teeth to come. Your child’s baby teeth help to guide permanent teeth into place, and the permanent teeth from shifting or coming in at irregular angles.
The key to quality pediatric dental care is combining diligent at-home maintenance with professional treatments and assessments. Your dentist can give you a better idea of whether you should be emphasizing anything specific as you talk to your child about dental care.
Our Elmhurst dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and to help your child’s smile stay on track. Give us a call to speak to a member of our team and to schedule a personal consultation!