Primary or baby teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. The front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age. The back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13. Baby teeth (primary teeth) are important for
- Providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position
- Permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles
- Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance
Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. When primary teeth get decay, they can lead to dental pain and abscessed teeth. It is important for children to build strong preventive habits early on so that they may go on to have excellent dental hygiene as they mature
Dr. Shurong Cao will always explain when and why a tooth needs a restoration and how to prevent future cavities from developing through diet and good oral hygien. Our goals are to help minimize early childhood decay, and restoring teeth that have cavities which may cause children discomfort and pain.
Source: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry