Your Blue Island, IL Dentist shines a light on the importance of primary teeth.
Many Blue Island, IL dental patients feel that their child’s first set of teeth do not require much attention. The truth is, your child’s ‘baby’ teeth set the stage for the future placement of their ‘permanent’ teeth.
Understanding Baby or Primary Teeth
Primary teeth serve multiple functions:
Speech Development: Without the front primary teeth, normal speech development will not be able to occur. The incisors are necessary for normal speech development. Additional, primary teeth help to shape the face, which can have an effect on speech.
Nutritional Value: The most important job teeth have is to help us chew and obtain nutrition! If your child is missing teeth, he may be unable to eat. If your child is experiencing dental pain, he may be unwilling or unable to eat, and develop poor eating habits, eating fears, and other anxieties later in life.
Confidence: Developing teeth helps your child feel more confident, and keeping those teeth will help with his confidence throughout life.
Oral Health Habits: Developing proper oral health habits early on is extremely important. Children who learn proper techniques and develop an oral health care routine will maintain those habits, and their teeth!, for life.
Future Alignment: Primary teeth ‘set the stage’ for your child’s second set of teeth. If primary teeth are missing due to decay, the second set will not come in correctly and may cause crowding and spacing issues as your child ages.
Your Blue Island IL Dentist recommends that your child be supervised while brushing his / her teeth, but that teeth should be brushed daily to begin to form good habits.