So are baby teeth really that important? They do just fall out correct?
It is actually very important to keep baby teeth healthy and cavity free.
They serve three major purposes:
1- The health of baby teeth are the first indication of the health of the adult teeth. Cavities and infection from baby teeth will eventually affect adult teeth and cause them to have decay and problems if the baby teeth aren’t taken care of.
2- Baby teeth play a key and vital role for speech development, nutrition and growth of a child. When baby teeth are negatively affected it also negatively affects these very important developmental areas and can severely affect a child for a lifetime.
3- Baby teeth guide permanent teeth into the proper position. If a back baby molar tooth is lost too early because of a cavity or infection then the teeth behind it tilt and drift forward into that empty space. When adjacent teeth shift into the empty space, they create a lack of space in the jaw for the permanent teeth. Therefore, permanent teeth are crowded and come in crooked. If left untreated, the condition may require extensive orthodontic treatment.
What do I do if it is too late and my child’s baby tooth has fallen out early?
If a baby tooth falls out early make sure to talk to us about a spacer. Space maintainers hold open the empty space left by a lost tooth. They steady the remaining teeth, preventing movement until the permanent tooth takes its natural position in the jaw. It is more affordable – and easier on your child – to keep teeth in normal positions with a space maintainer than to move them back into place with orthodontic treatment.
In the meantime keep on brushing and keeping those baby teeth cavity free!