5 Facts about the Purpose of Baby Teeth

You may wonder what the purpose of baby teeth is, seeing as how they just fall out anyway. But baby teeth actually serve important roles in both the dental and overall health of a child. Keeping baby teeth clean and healthy will go a long way for the future of your child’s permanent teeth.

Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Baby and adult teeth contain several layers of tissues and dental pulp with nerves and blood vessels. Not taking care of baby teeth can hurt your child’s oral and overall health.

Here are just a few reasons why baby teeth are important:

  • Baby teeth save space for permanent teeth. Without a guide, permanent teeth could grow in all sorts of directions. Baby teeth serve as a pathway for permanent teeth to grow and allow for proper jaw development. Crowded or crooked teeth might require orthodontic treatment later in life.
  • They help children speak clearly. Teeth help the mouth pronounce words correctly so your child can communicate clearly. Communication skills help your child develop socially, cognitively, and emotionally.
  • Baby teeth help children chew their food. Missing or decayed teeth can cause problems when trying to chew food properly, a skill they will need for the rest of their lives.
  • Baby teeth promote good nutrition.Along with proper chewing habits, baby teeth allow children to easily chew different kinds of food, allowing for more fruits, vegetables, and grains in their diet. Being exposed to a variety of foods helps encourage healthy eating habits and proper growth in children.
  • They help give a healthy start for permanent teeth. Several studies have found children who experienced tooth decay in their primary teeth had a greater risk of developing tooth decay in their permanent teeth than children who maintained healthy primary teeth.

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Kool Smiles is built on the belief that all children have the right to receive quality dental care at an affordable price. Call us today or find a Kool Smiles near you to make an appointment.

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Sources:

Dental Health Foundation: http://www.dentalhealth.ie/children/structure/primary.html

NIDCR: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/Topics/ToothDecay/AHealthyMouthforYourBaby.htm