Why Healthy Baby Teeth Are Essential For Healthy Permanent Teeth

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Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, play an important role in your child’s development. Baby teeth reserve space for your child’s permanent teeth. Simply stated, they help guide permanent teeth into the correct position.


Baby teeth lead to the proper placement of adult teeth.

If a badly decayed baby tooth is removed before the permanent tooth is ready to replace it, there will be nothing to guide the permanent tooth into the correct position when the time comes. A missing baby tooth can also affect the child’s development. It can affect their ability to chew properly, form words and learn to speak properly. Dentists will almost always recommend placing a crown over a decayed baby tooth rather than removing the tooth.


Proper chewing is important.

In addition, your child’s face and jaw muscles need exercise to help them develop. You might be surprised to know that proper chewing helps build these muscles. Healthy primary teeth make proper chewing possible. Without well-developed jaw muscles, your child’s jawbones may not develop properly.

And of course, placing an attractive crown over a decayed tooth can also restore a healthy smile. An attractive crown can also eliminate teasing, and build self-esteem.

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