Your child’s baby teeth, also sometimes referred to as milk teeth, perform an essential function in the emotional, social, and physical development of your child for a lot of different reasons. A lot of parents support the misguided hypothesis that, because their child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out, it isn’t really that important to make sure that the teeth are well taken care of.
Listed below are some of the reasons why your child’s baby teeth are really quite significant in terms of their health and well-being.
Strong and healthy teeth are required for chewing food. Teeth that are decaying and are not healthy can actually lead to a nutritional deficiency. Carious teeth that are left untreated could cause a serious bacterial infection in the mouth that will quickly travel to other parts of their body, including their tiny brain and down into their throat. Sadly, hospitalization is required once the infection has spread that far.
Your child’s baby teeth, as cute as they are, also act as place holders, each saving a particular space in their little mouth and ushering their permanent teeth into their rightful spots. If their baby teeth fall out too early, the neighboring teeth will gradually move into the empty space, leaving insufficient room for their permanent teeth to break through, which often results in impacted teeth or teeth that are so close together they actually overlap one another.
The bud of your child’s adult teeth, which plays a role in the growth of their healthy permanent teeth, is positioned very close to their baby teeth. Any decay from untreated carious baby teeth will be able to quickly grow and multiply, developing into an infection that will affect the still-growing permanent tooth. This will limit the tooth’s growth and could very well result in life-long damage to the tooth as well.
The appearance and placement of your child’s baby teeth also assist them in the formation and pronunciation of words, even from an early age.
Teeth that are missing or rotting could make your child shy away from social interactions and cause them to lack the self-confidence and esteem that you want them to have.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. With regular dental appointments and consistent, routine care, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The respected dental professionals at the San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are here to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.