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Your child’s baby teeth are vital to their health and smile.

Questions & answers

The importance of primary teeth

Why are primary teeth important?

Primary teeth play an important role in your child’s oral health and development by:

  • Saving space for the permanent teeth to erupt properly
  • Facilitating speech production and development
  • Aiding in proper jaw growth
  • Helping them develop good chewing habits, digestion and nutrition
  • Giving them the confidence of a healthy smile

What happens if a baby tooth falls out too early?

When baby teeth fall out early, our dentists may recommend a space maintainer or oral appliance. This helps keep the space for the permanent tooth open so that it can erupt more easily. If this space is not reserved for the permanent tooth, the other remaining teeth may become misaligned, which could cause your child’s permanent teeth to erupt incorrectly and give them a bad bite or increase their risk of cavities.

When do teeth erupt?

Your child’s first primary teeth erupt between the ages of 6 months and 1 year. By age 3, your child should have all 20 of their primary teeth. Your child will most likely lose their baby teeth in the same order as the teeth erupted, beginning around age 6 or 7, with the permanent teeth erupting between ages 6 and 12. After the primary teeth have been replaced, your child’s wisdom teeth will come in. As the wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, there is not typically enough space to accommodate them, and they will need to be removed.

The importance of primary teeth

We work with you

Our dentists and team love helping your child learn how to care for their teeth. We are here to be a resource for you in helping your child learn good oral habits, and we will work closely with you to develop treatment plans that meet your child’s needs as they grow. Give us a call today to make an appointment and find out how we can help your child enjoy their smile!

Why care for primary teeth?

Many people assume that because primary teeth fall out and are replaced that they are not as important as the permanent teeth. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Baby teeth play a key role in your child’s oral health and development, and they are important in:

  • Facilitating speech production and development
  • Ensuring proper jaw development
  • Contributing to good chewing habits, digestion and overall nutrition
  • Reserving the space needed for the eruption and alignment of permanent teeth
  • Boosting your child’s self-confidence from having a healthy smile.

Of all these roles, the most important role of the primary teeth is saving the space for the permanent teeth. If a baby tooth falls out early due to injury or decay and the space is not held open, the surrounding teeth will become misaligned. This can cause the permanent teeth to erupt incorrectly, increasing your child’s risk of cavities, a misaligned bite and crooked teeth, increasing their need for orthodontic treatment in the future.

Our dentists and team will work closely with you to find the best ways to help your child care for their teeth. This will include at-home oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing as well as regular dental visits so your child can receive professional preventive care. Preventive care includes routine cleanings and exams, dental sealants, and fluoride treatment.

Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions or would like to make an appointment with our dentists.

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We believe that everyone deserves to receive quality dental care tailored to their individual needs. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment and receive personalized, comprehensive care!