This message from Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Owensboro focuses on the importance of health baby teeth.
Some people don’t realize 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 little one’s permanent teeth come in.
These misconceptions are lamentable. Childhood tooth decay is so widespread that many in the medical community call it a public health crisis.
Why are healthy baby teeth critical?
- 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. Decayed baby teeth make it hard to chew.
- Finally, tooth 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 your child is going to have for the rest of their life.
If your youngster hasn’t seen a dentist yet, we invite you to schedule a pediatric dental examination at Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Services include family and cosmetic detistry. Schedule an appointment today!