It is important that your child have regular appointments with a dentist. The primary teeth or “baby teeth” provide the structure and foundation for the development of adult teeth. Primary teeth fulfil important functions for your child. They allow your child to eat and chew correctly. They provide space and positioning boundaries for when the permanent teeth erupt.
Primary teeth are also important to the growth and development of the muscles and bones of the face. This can make a big difference in your child’s appearance. The primary teeth also play a major role in your child’s ability to speak and pronounce words correctly.
Since a lot of baby teeth fall out by age six, many parents think they “aren’t important.” However, it is only the front teeth that fall out between the ages of six and eight. Baby molars and canines, which are the rear teeth, usually don’t fall out until the child is between the ages of ten and thirteen. The adult molars are the only teeth that don’t have baby precursors and can begin to erupt in the back of the mouth at age six.
Why Is it Often Necessary to Remove Some Baby Teeth?
Removing a baby tooth is a last resort. The most common reason for removing a baby tooth is that the tooth is so damaged it can’t be addressed any other way. If it is left in the mouth, it can cause infection and pain. This can damage the adult tooth when it erupts. It can also force the adult tooth into the wrong position in the mouth. This can affect all of the other teeth, making braces necessary to repair the damage.
If baby teeth are lost too early, they don’t do their main job of creating a perfect framework for the adult teeth that will replace them. This will also mean that braces are necessary for a normal, functional mouth during the teenage years.
Baby teeth must be kept clean and must be restored if they are damaged or have cavities to keep the child from having expensive braces down the road.
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