Preventative Care Keeps Kids’ Teeth Healthy!
Yes, Baby Teeth Matter
Even though they only last a few years, it is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems, which affect the developing permanent teeth, not just the primary teeth. Primary teeth (or baby teeth) are important for several reasons:
- Healthy teeth allow for proper chewing and eating.
- Primary teeth hold the space for the permanent teeth and guid them into the correct position.
- Primary teeth permit normal development of the jaw bones and muscles.
- They are crucial in the development of speech.
- They add to an attractive appearance.
While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13, so they’re performing these important tasks for quite a while.
Professional Cleanings Are Essential for Baby Teeth
Even if you and your child have a perfect record of brushing twice a day and flossing daily, professional cleanings are still important. Plaque and tartar can build up in places that are hard to spot or reach without the professional tools used by the hygienist. This is why the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends visits every six months to the pediatric dentist, beginning at your child’s first birthday. Routine visits will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health.
Schedule Your Child’s Next Cleaning Appointment at Melody Dentistry for Kids
If it’s been six months or longer or if your child hasn’t had a dental appointment yet, now is the perfect time to schedule one with us! Call us at (424) 322-4780 or send us an email. We look forward to being you and your child’s number one ally in the fight for healthy teeth and gums!