Pruce Dental

Baby teeth fall out anyway. Why are they so important?

It’s a common mistake to think that primary teeth don’t have a role to play in your child’s dental development. But the fact is that baby teeth exist to hold a place for the permanent teeth that are developing in your child’s jaw.

A healthy baby tooth will continue to hold that space open until it’s time for it to fall out naturally. But if a problem occurs and the tooth is lost too soon due to decay or disease, neighboring teeth gradually start to drift into the empty space. This movement can lead to crowding and the possible need for orthodontic treatment in the future.

The best way to ensure that your child’s baby teeth are healthy and developing correctly is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Pruce. During this visit, Dr. Pruce will review your child’s oral health and provide hygiene recommendations as well as advice for issues like bottle-feeding and thumb-sucking.

We enjoy treating kids at our Washington, PA dental office and would love to welcome you and your little one to Pruce Dental. Please call us to arrange an appointment for your child so we can ensure that their dental development stays on track.

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