Importance of Baby Teeth

You’re right!  They are going to fall out!

Hopefully cavity-free, intact, and once the permanent teeth push them out!

Dental caries remains the most common chronic disease of children aged 5 to 17 years.  It is 5 times more common than asthma (59% vs 11%).  Untreated decay causes pain, dysfunction, absence from school, and poor appearance, problems affecting a child’s quality of life.”  -Center for Disease Control

Baby teeth allow for the child to chew and eat properly, enunciate speech, and serve as an important path for permanent eruption, maintaining the necessary space for the permanent tooth to erupt.  Decay can affect each of these processes in addition to causing a child pain, which often times goes unreported.

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