Healthy primary (baby) teeth help kids chew their food and aid in digestion. They are one of the most important parts of children's oral development as they grow up.
What are primary teeth?
Humans grow two sets of teeth in a lifetime. Around the time children reach one year old, their primary teeth begin to grow.
Why do we have primary teeth?
Primary teeth allow children to chew their food efficiently. This allows their bodies to better digest food and absorb the nutrients.
Baby teeth are like placeholders for permanent teeth, they guide the permanent teeth to grow in/
Why do primary teeth matter in orthodontics?
Because primary teeth guide the erupting permanent teeth into their proper positions, when they fall out too early, the permanent teeth may then erupt in the wrong positions. This may make future orthodontic treatments necessary.
Preventing Early Loss of Primary Teeth
A good oral hygiene routine is your number one ally in decay prevention. This includes brushing your child's primary teeth regularly to prevent tooth decay, which is the number one leading cause of tooth loss in young children. If you child plays sports, consider getting a mouth guard to help prevent the primary teeth from sustaining any damage from impact.
What if my child looses a primary tooth too early?
If your child loses a tooth too early, it is important to seek orthodontic treatment to preserve the socket. Contact your dentist as soon as possible to set an appointment.
The orthodontist may prescribe a device called a space maintainer, which will "maintain" the space left by the missing tooth until the adult teeth to erupt.
The orthodontist can also provide insight and guidance on oral health care, such as demonstrating more effective cleaning techniques to keep any more teeth from falling out.