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Why are baby teeth important?

Many people believe losing baby teeth before their time is not a big deal. Other teeth will grow in later, so why do they matter?

The truth is baby teeth help your child learn to chew and speak properly, and they act as place holders for permanent teeth, leading the way for adult teeth to come in correctly. Additionally, decay or bacteria can spread from a baby tooth to the adult tooth below the gumline and compromise that tooth before it has a chance to emerge healthily.

Wiping your baby’s gums with a damp cloth in infancy to clear away bacteria and establishing good brushing habits when teeth emerge is a great way to shelter baby teeth that, in turn, protect adult teeth.

It’s also important to visit Justin Mund, DDS regularly for exams and visit out Fort Worth, TX dental office for twice-yearly cleanings at Dr. Mund’s earliest recommendation.

Remember, baby teeth set the stage for adult teeth, so caring for these early teeth is vital for your child’s long-term dental health.