Even though your child’s primary teeth are temporary, they are still an essential part of their dental and overall health. Healthy baby teeth set the stage for a bright and beautiful smile for the rest of your child’s life. Proper dental care of these teeth not only ensures your child is healthy and comfortable now, but instills excellent habits that will benefit them in the future.
To Prevent Cavities
Baby teeth are subject to cavities and decay. Cavities can cause a young child significant pain that they may not be able to communicate to you. Tooth pain may interfere with their desire to eat healthy foods or his ability to concentrate on learning. Furthermore, cavities can develop into deeper, more serious infections that could affect your child’s overall health. Preventing cavities with proper dental care is an easy way to ensure your child is healthy and happy.
To Instill Good Dental Habits
Teaching your child to follow a routine of good dental care while they are young helps them to protect their permanent teeth when they arrive. Children who are already used to brushing and flossing with their parents are more likely to continue these habits into adolescence and adulthood without trouble. Taking your young child to visit the dentist can also reduce anxiety surrounding professional care.
To Promote Healthy Development
Baby teeth act as placeholders for the permanent teeth, helping your child’s jaw and facial muscles grow and form. Poorly cared-for baby teeth may mean your child is more likely to require orthodontic care later in life. Unhealthy tooth and jaw development can also affect your child’s speech and the look of their face. Caring for your child’s baby teeth promotes better dental and overall development.
If you have questions about caring for your child’s primary teeth, contact the family dentists at Pleasant Dentistry by calling (623) 208-5384. We offer a variety of general, cosmetic, and orthodontic dental services in Westbrook Village and Peoria, AZ. You can learn more about the importance of good dental health for children and adults on our blog.