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Why Baby Teeth Matter

Sep 22, 2014

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Parents frequently ask me why baby teeth matter if their child is just going to lose them anyway. Well… Yes… Your child will eventually lose all 20 of his baby teeth. But did you know that he may not lose them all until he is around 13 years old? Children typically start getting their first permanent teeth around 6 and often keep the back baby molars until 11-13 years. That’s a long time to have a “Who cares! They’re just baby teeth” attitude!

Healthy baby teeth serve various functions. They foster good nutrition through proper chewing. They aid in speech development. They build self-esteem by providing a beautiful smile. They enable a child to pay attention and learn in school without the distraction of dental pain. They save space in the jaw for the proper development of permanent teeth. And most importantly, they help a child learn how to take care of their future adult teeth!

So next time someone says “Baby teeth? Who cares!”… Just remember… Healthy dental habits start with the baby teeth. And by developing good dental habits as a youngster, your child will learn how to keep her teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

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