Do baby teeth matter?

26 February 2019

We get two sets of teeth during our lifetime with our baby or deciduous teeth coming through at around 6 months, and our adult teeth usually coming though by the age of 6. Baby teeth are extremely important as they allow a baby to start eating the nutritious solid foods that they need to develop and allow them to communicate in other ways than crying. More importantly they act as space maintainers while the baby’s jaw grows big enough to allow the adult teeth to come through..all 32 of them. Baby teeth aren’t actually baby sized as they have wider roots than adult teeth so the teeth can develop underneath in due course. It may be easy to think that decay in baby teeth doesn’t matter as the teeth are replaced by adult teeth. But this first set of teeth is in fact crucial to a child’s transition to eating solid food, speech development and self-esteem. Starting to build good dental habits early in life could help us enjoy a lifetime of oral health. It is important to brush your children’s teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, limit sugar to meal times and visit the dentist every 6 months.

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