Dr. Alan Friedman, Director, Dental Department at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center is a contributing columnist in The Wave Newspaper.
Did you ever wonder why taking care of your child’s baby teeth is so important? Aren’t they all just going to fall out and be replaced by adult teeth? So, why bother at all?
The fact is that baby teeth have many important roles in the mouth. They are vital in your child’s ability to eat, speak and smile properly. Baby teeth help keep the space in the jaw for adult teeth so if your child loses a baby tooth too early, you should talk to your child’s dentist about maintaining space in the mouth to allow for the adult tooth to come in normally. These are some of the things that you can do to keep your child’s mouth healthy:
Oral health tips are easy to come by; putting them into practice is much more difficult. It is up to the parents to monitor their children’s daily routines so that we can help protect our children from tooth decay and other oral health problems.
A healthy smile is contagious, so please spread it around!