Mothers, Protect Your Children’s Primary Teeth For a Lifetime Of Healthy Smiles

Dr. Allen Sun of Laurentian Dental Centre Kitchener

Dr. Allen Sun, Laurentian Dental, Kitchener

As a mother, you naturally want the best for your children, but sometimes parents overlook the importance of a child’s primary (baby) teeth because they reason that they are going to fall out eventually anyway.

Fact is, a child’s primary teeth play a crucial role in dental development. It’s essential to remember that your child’s primary teeth serve as place holders for their adult teeth that will follow. Without them, a child cannot chew foods properly and may experience difficulty speaking clearly. Primary teeth are also vital to the development of your child’s jaws.

Youngster with his mouth wide open during checkup at the dentist's
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Children are just as susceptible to dental decay as adults and cavities in a child’s primary teeth must be taken care of promptly to prevent pain and to help preserve the teeth until they are ready to be replaced by permanent teeth. Severe cases of decay can result in the need to extract all the front teeth until the permanent teeth grow in.

Because a child’s primary teeth guide the permanent teeth into place, children with missing primary teeth may need a space maintainer (a device used to hold the natural space open) because without a maintainer, the child’s permanent teeth can tilt towards the empty space causing them to grow into place crooked.

Taking care of your children’s teeth requires daily diligence. Ensuring the thorough cleaning of your youngster’s teeth and gums can establish good dental habits and pave the way for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.

“Primary teeth guide the permanent teeth into place, children with missing primary teeth may need to use a space maintainer.”

Teeth should last a lifetime, and attending biannual checkups and professional cleanings is the key to maintaining your children’s dental health.

During these dental visits we will assess your youngster’s mouth for any signs of dental development or dental health issues such as cavities so we can treat them before they become more complex or problematic, enabling your child to mature with a healthy smile that would make any parent proud.

Yours for better dental health,

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