This blog post from Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH focuses on the importance of healthy baby teeth.
Some people don’t understand how important they are. Many parents don’t brush them thoroughly. Some allow their child to drink sugary juice from a sippy cup all day. They figure that they will get serious about oral hygiene when their child’s permanent teeth come in.
These misconceptions are sad. Childhood tooth decay is so widespread that many in the medical community call it a public health crisis.
Why are healthy baby teeth essential?
- Baby teeth keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that will come in later.
- Baby teeth are needed for normal speech development.
- Healthy baby teeth help your child eat a varied, nutritious diet. Decay makes it hard to chew. This can cause your child to reject many different foods, like high-nutrient raw vegetables.
- And, finally, decay and infection can be passed down from baby teeth to permanent teeth as they develop below them. That’s not what you want for the teeth meant to last a lifetime.
If your child hasn’t seen a dentist yet, we invite you to schedule an examination with us at Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH. Parents throughout Londonderry, Salem, and Chester trust our pediatric dentistry, as well as our complete family dentistry. Call for an appointment today!
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