Healthy baby teeth help your child learn to talk, chew properly and act as placeholders for their permanent teeth. If you want your child’s adult teeth to come in straight and shiny, it is essential to take care of their baby teeth first.
A decaying baby tooth can fall out too early, causing permanent teeth to come in crowded or crooked. Germs and bacteria can pass from a decaying baby tooth to the permanent tooth developing underneath. This causes damage to the permanent tooth before it even comes in. In severe cases, dental infection can spread to other areas of your child’s face, head and throughout the body, causing other health problems.
If you suspect your baby already has some tooth decay, contact their dentist or primary care provider, or call our ParentSmart Healthline at 1-855-KID-INFO (543-4636). Our experienced pediatric nurses are available 24/7 to answer your questions or make recommendations.
Source: Valerie Haustein, RDH, MEd