Today’s La Mesa children’s dental blog focuses on the issue of caring for baby teeth. Why would you take care of something that’s just going to fall out and be given to the tooth fairy? It’s a good question and it has a even better answer.
Alpine, Jamul, and Santee parents shouldn’t feel like they are wasting their time because baby teeth are more important than many people might think. Baby teeth are needed to keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that will come in later.
Baby teeth are also invaluable in the development of clear speech. This is especially important for La Mesa parents who are dying to know what their child means when they point to something repeatedly and say ‘scklash’ or ‘grag-grag.’
Having healthy baby teeth will also help your child develop a healthy diet because difficulty chewing can lead to the rejection of many different foods.
And, finally, tooth decay and infection can be passed down from baby teeth to permanent teeth as they develop below them. That’s not what you want for the teeth that San Diego kids are going to have for the rest of their lives. You may be setting them up to need cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and dental implants.
Hi. I’m Dr. Jeff Gray, an experienced, kid-friendly La Mesa dentist. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or teeth whitening, give us a call at (619) 337-7700.
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Thanks for reading the San Diego dental blog, and contact us today for all your dental needs!
Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-your-childs-teeth, accessed on Feb. 12, 2013