Baby Teeth Don't Matter: A Common Misconception

Cavities on baby teeth are often thought to be ‘ok’ since they will ‘fall off anyway’. This is not true. Baby teeth are vital to your child’s development such as muscle and bone development, speech, and facial profile; they provide a guiding path for the adult teeth to grow in. 

A small cavity on a baby tooth can eventually grow into a tooth infection and affect the adult tooth under it and/or your child's overall health. Regular checkups and cleanings and parents actively involved in children's daily home care can help prevent this. It is a gift you can give your children that can last a lifetime. 
 

Author
Dr. Hyun S. Bang, D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery Loma Linda University 2008

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