DENTAL HEALTH UPDATE by Andrew Biffen DMD

PREMATURE CONCLUSIONS

If a baby tooth were to be lost prematurely, a parent may find little sense in becoming too concerned, “because it was going to fall out anyway.” However, the fault with this line of thinking rests with the possibility that adjacent baby teeth may move in to fill the gap left by the lost baby tooth, thereby blocking the emergence of the permanent tooth lying beneath it. Conversely, a baby tooth that takes too long to fall out may cause the corresponding permanent tooth to come in crooked. With these potential outcomes in mind, parents should have their children’s baby teeth checked regularly to ensure that they will not negatively affect the alignment of future permanent teeth.

The importance of baby teeth cannot be understated, just as conscientious dental care should not be overlooked. Let us help promote your children’s healthy mouth and brilliant smile. Taught early enough about the importance of taking care of their teeth, children can learn to make a habit of daily brushing and flossing.

P.S. If a baby tooth is lost too early, aside from causing serious crowding problems for the developing adult teeth, the loss can negatively impact the child’s jaw muscle and bone development.

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