Creating Space for Permanent Teeth
This is one of the most crucial reasons to take care of your child’s primary teeth. One of the primary jobs of baby teeth is to act as a proxy for the permanent teeth, saving a fixed place in the mouth for those teeth to grow, facilitating proper teeth alignment and promoting jaw development.
Teeth falling out too early because they have been injured or decayed can mean that the teeth will begin to move forward, or fill spaces improperly, as there isn’t anything preventing them from doing so. Forward moving teeth implies future complications, including a misaligned bite, crooked teeth, increased cavities, and needing to have braces or a retainer.
Regular fluoride supplements or treatments along with a sealant is important, as this will make the enamel stronger and more resistant to decay. You should always use fluoridated toothpaste and drink water that has been fluoridated whenever possible. It’s essential that your child is protected from oral injuries, and that you talk to your dentist if your child sucks their thumb or uses a pacifier after age two, as these habits need to be curbed.