Primary Teeth and Why to Take Care of Them

Primary Teeth and Why to Take Care of Them

Primary Teeth and Why to Take Care of Them

by Dr. Matt
of Country Lakes Family Dental

It’s February, and we all know what that means?  That’s right! It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month.  Of course, as dentists, we don’t really expect everyone to be on the edge of their seat in anticipation of this national recognition.  In fact, it reminds me of an online list I once read about certain topics people pretend to understand but actually don’t, like roundabouts, grammar, or the actual meaning of the word “ironic.”  Based on my personal experiences, I was surprised to not find on the list “kids” or “dentistry,” as the entirety of either of those topics can be difficult to grasp.  So, I’m taking advantage of the opportunity this month to try to shed a little light on both.

Of all the points to convey, I would like to stress the importance of maintaining primary or “baby” teeth.  Many parents feel that baby teeth are expendable, however their primary function is to maintain space for their permanent counterparts to prevent future complications during their eruption.  Therefore, keeping primary teeth free of decay and wear is important for the longevity of both sets of teeth. Another key in treating primary teeth is to understand that many dental restorations placed on primary teeth are not always predictable or meant to last long term and may require revisiting.  Even the best restorative work on children can face future decay or infection because of varying factors including the child’s diet, oral hygiene habits and more. Finally, it is always important to create for your child a dental home where they feel safe and comfortable.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends your first child’s visit is at the eruption of the first tooth or at one year of age to help create a comfortable routine for the child and to educate the parent in preventative dental care. 

Happy Smiling!

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