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The first thing to understand is baby teeth are critical to your child’s oral health and development. Teeth help children acquire how to talk and chew properly. Frankly, baby teeth hold the jaw in place for the permanent teeth to grow in under the gums. This is significant because your baby teeth act as the foundation of your permanent teeth.

If the baby teeth are lost too early, or suffer any alignment or health problems, then your permanent teeth may not align in the proper place correctly, and you can struggle with serious health problems as well. Cavities are known to lead to gum disease, and your child’s permanent teeth are developing deep inside the gums, which is why it is essential to take care of your child’s baby teeth and gums. After your child’s first tooth comes out, or after their first birthday, bring your child in for a dental checkup. Your dentist will be able to teach you how to care for the baby teeth properly and can also help your child become more comfortable at an early age with the dentist by visiting regularly.

Having a proper oral health care plan in place for your child can help them with their oral health. If you have questions about how to properly care for your child’s smile, feel free to call Dentistry for Children at our office in San Antonio, Texas at 210-432-1510 to make an appointment with a member of our friendly staff. Dr. William D. Steinhauer and our team are always happy to help you.