Primary teeth (milk teeth) are important for a number of reasons. They add to a child’s physical, emotional, and social development. The development of your child’s primary teeth will have a direct impact on their oral health thereby making it crucial that you monitor your child’s dental health and teach him or her proper oral hygiene habits from the very beginning.
Here are the major reasons why these teeth should be taken care of just as we take care of our permanent (adult) teeth.
1. Guiding Framework
Milk teeth act as a framework in guiding the movement of the permanent teeth. Primary teeth hold the place in the mouth for the proper eruption of the permanent teeth, so that when your child’s adult teeth begin exerting pressure through the gum line there is already a place made available for them, hence, reducing the chances of crowding or overlapping teeth and improper eruption meaning; if the baby tooth is lost early due to tooth decay or any other reason, the adjacent teeth tend to drift or tip into that space. This causes the permanent tooth to be blocked from erupting into that space thereby leading to maligned teeth.
2. The health of young permanent teeth
The permanent /adult teeth develop between the roots of the baby teeth. Baby teeth are much smaller and cavities once started can spread very quickly through their thin enamel. If these cavities are left untreated, the baby tooth can develop an infection or abscess which can cause a hindrance in the tooth development of the young permanent tooth underneath.
3. Nutritional value
It allows your child to chew and eat with ease, in turn providing themselves with proper nutrition, which contributes to both, their oral and overall health. The development of cavities leading to dental pain can lead to nutritional deficiencies if the child`s chewing function is compromised.
4. Speech and facial development
The tongue, lips, and cheeks deflect off teeth when forming sounds. The presence and proper positioning of baby teeth assist in the formation of correct pronunciation during the speech. The tooth structure also provides support for the developing facial muscles and gives shape to your child’s face.
5. Morale booster
As the child grows older, the presence of healthy teeth adds to their “feelgood” factor. A healthy, beautiful smile boosts their self-image and confidence. On the contrary, if a child is having any pain of dental origin, paying attention in school becomes affected drastically. The mere presence of decayed teeth interferes with a child’s social interactions bringing down their self-esteem. This can also lead to children missing school and parents having to miss work if they have to take children to visit the dentist for emergency appointments.
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