This blog post from Smile Center for Kids in Sunland and Edgemere TX focuses on the importance of healthy baby teeth.
Some people don’t understand how important they are. Many parents don’t brush them thoroughly. Some allow their child to drink sugary juice from a sippy cup all day. They figure that they will get serious about oral hygiene when their child’s permanent teeth come in.
These misconceptions can be harmful. Childhood tooth decay is so widespread that many in the medical community call it a public health crisis.
Why are Healthy Baby Teeth Essential?
- Baby teeth keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that will come in later.
- Baby teeth are needed for normal speech development.
- Healthy baby teeth help your child eat a varied, nutritious diet. Decay makes it hard to chew. This can cause your child to reject many different foods, like high-nutrient raw vegetables.
- Decay and infection can be passed down from baby teeth to permanent teeth as they develop below them. That’s not what you want for the teeth meant to last a lifetime.
If your child hasn’t seen a dentist yet, we invite you to schedule an examination with us at Smile Center for Kids in Sunland and Edgemere TX. Parents throughout El Paso, Anthony, Socorro, Horizon City, and Canutillo trust our pediatric dentistry, as well as our complete general dentistry. Contact us today!