Although temporary, your child’s baby teeth are essential to their dental development and future health. Baby teeth lay the foundation for permanent adult teeth, and early dental care ensures that these teeth remain healthy and functional. Your pediatric dentist is available to help your child maintain a bright smile throughout his transition from primary to permanent teeth.
Proper Tooth Alignment
The baby teeth act as placeholders for the permanent teeth in your child’s mouth. As your child’s head and jaw grow and develop, healthy baby teeth are necessary to maintain the space needed for proper alignment of permanent teeth. If baby teeth are lost due to decay or injury, their absence may affect the orientation of adult teeth when they erupt and necessitate future orthodontic treatment. Your dentist can use an appliance called a space maintainer to avoid future problems or minimize the need for orthodontic treatment if your child loses a tooth early.
Without healthy teeth, your child may shy away from or have trouble eating certain foods. During your child’s formative years, good nutrition is essential for their still-forming permanent teeth. Calcium, vitamin D, and fluoride are all building blocks for strong and healthy adult teeth. Without proper nutrition, your child’s permanent teeth may be more susceptible to future dental problems.
A Healthy Mouth
Severe decay or infection of baby teeth has the potential to damage the forming permanent teeth. Oral disease also has the potential to affect your child’s gums and jawbone development. Because dental problems can worsen quickly, it’s essential to maintain regular dental checkups and have any issues treated by your dentist as soon as they are identified.
For pediatric dental care in a comfortable and inviting environment, visit Park View Pediatric Dentistry of Manhattan. Dr. Deborah Pilla and her team are dedicated to ensuring dental health and building a positive relationship with you and your child. You can learn more about our dental services, including emergency dentistry and sedation options for anxious patients, by calling (646) 402-6578 or clicking on our website.