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Baby teeth are beneficial for multiple different reasons – the main one being that they literally create a path for the adult teeth to grow into. Children who get their little teeth early, will learn how to chew and grind things which leads to strength in the jaw and facial muscles. It may seem odd but baby teeth can cause issues and oral problems for an adult later down the road of life. Speaking issues can arise from improper care of baby teeth, as well as underdevelopment of crucial bones and muscles in a child’s jaw and cheeks.
To Pull or Not to Pull?
There are some scenarios that can come about with baby teeth that result in a dentist or doctor pulling them out instead of letting them fall out by themselves. If a child goes to their normal dentist visit and they notice that a tooth is growing more out of line and place than it should, a dentist may remove that tooth in order for the adult tooth that comes in behind it, to grow in properly. One misplaced tooth can cause a full mouth worth of unaligned chompers. Rotting and decaying baby teeth that are not maintained and cleaned regularly may also have to be removed. These types of problems can snowball into bigger issues resulting in more teeth getting decayed and rotten down the road.
Medical and health issues can definitely arise if there is improper treatment of baby teeth at the early stages of growth. Self-conscious issues can come about in young adults who have oral problems. This can lead to a sheltered lifestyle that doesn’t allow for growth and human interaction. Aside from the emotional aspect, physical deficiencies can happen as well such as anemia, low iron deficiencies, obesity and low calcium malnutrition.
Baby teeth fall out eventually, but that does not mean you should ignore them or slack off in caring for them. Your child’s health later in life can truly depend on how they are taken care of in the first 10 years of their lives. You must do everything necessary to maintain a healthy and bright smile for your little ones – and be sure to capture any and all moments of their baby teeth falling out. This is a sign that they are growing up and their adult teeth will soon make their debut into a healthy, clean and happy mouth.