Baby teeth matter. Just because they “fall out” doesn’t mean it is okay to neglect oral health. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child before one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
When a baby tooth is lost too early, it may make it difficult for adult teeth to find room when they come in; the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room. This can cause issues such as crooked or crowded teeth; which often requires expensive orthodontic correction.
Primary teeth are vital to a child’s early physical, social and emotional development. For instance, they assist with chewing and speech development, a healthy smile boosts self-esteem and provides a confident appearance. Children with unhealthy teeth often suffer with pain at school and trouble concentrating alongside insecurity.
Remember to schedule your child’s first dental visit between the age of 6 months and 1 year – or sooner if you become concerned about your child’s oral health.