Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Dark-haired boy brushes his baby teeth with a toothbrush while wearing a blue shirt against a white background

Do you remember losing any of your baby teeth? It’s a memorable (and sometimes scary) milestone. Did you ever wonder why you had to take care of them if they were just going to fall out? The truth is that baby teeth are very important for a healthy future. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Baby Teeth Guide Incoming Adult Teeth
  2. Baby teeth help a child’s permanent teeth grow into the right positions. If a baby tooth falls out too early because of poor oral hygiene, decay, or trauma, the teeth around it can start moving into the empty spot. This blocks the permanent tooth and can contribute to misalignment.

  3. Baby Teeth Allow for Good Nutrition
  4. Everyone needs teeth for chewing. If a child’s teeth aren’t healthy, they will have problems chewing and might avoid certain foods. With an unbalanced diet, a child becomes vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies, which can negatively affect their physical and mental development.

  5. Healthy Baby Teeth = Healthy Adult Teeth
  6. Early dental hygiene establishes the foundation for consistent dental habits in the future. Learning how to properly brush and floss their baby teeth prepares kids to care for their permanent teeth.

    Caring for baby teeth also protects the underlying adult teeth. Adult teeth are hiding very close to the roots of baby teeth. Because baby teeth are small with thin enamel, any decay spreads really quickly. This can lead to irritation and inflammation of the gums or infection that affects the adult tooth beneath the surface, sometimes resulting in permanent damage.

Schedule Your Child’s Checkup Today!

As a parent, supervise your kids’ daily dental hygiene and bring them to regular appointments here at Storybook Smiles Children’s Dentistry. We will help them establish superb dental habits that will ensure healthy adult teeth. We understand that the dentist can be overwhelming for kids, so our friendly team does our very best to make the experience as fun as possible. Come visit us soon!


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