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Why Baby Teeth Need Proper Care Milton, GA
Pediatric Dentist Milton GA

The primary teeth, most often referred to as “baby teeth,” are the first set of teeth to erupt from a child’s gums during the first few years of life. Though baby teeth are only temporary until permanent teeth take their place, these twenty teeth play critical roles towards a child’s development and well-being. Just because they won’t be the teeth you bring into adulthood, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care for them. In fact, not giving baby teeth the attention they need could result in several setbacks ranging from missed school days and speech challenges to costly orthodontics and more.

Pediatric Dental Care

Prevention is key when it comes to your child’s smile. This includes teaching your child to brush and floss properly, and seeing to it that they accomplish the task twice a day. It also means taking your child to the dentist every six months. These routine checkups include cleanings, x-rays and even sealants to ensure your child’s oral health is on track. If a cavity is detected, it can be treated conservatively, at its earliest stage.

Consequences of Not Caring for Primary Teeth

Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that baby teeth don’t matter. However, failing to keep these primary teeth healthy until adult teeth emerge can be a devastating (and costly) mistake. The following can occur when baby teeth are neglected, allowed to decay and eventually fall out:

Missed School Days: Did you know that untreated cavities are one of the leading reasons for missed school days in children? At its advanced stages, tooth decay can be painful and even result in an infection within the tooth. In result, a child may not be able to attend school.

Poor Nutrition: Whether you are 5 or 85, you need all of your teeth to chew your food properly. If chewing function is compromised from missing or painful teeth, it can lead to a lack of nutrition in a child. A balanced diet is critical for a child’s physical and mental development!

Compromised Speech: A young child is learning certain pronunciations at each stage of development. When there is one or multiple teeth missing, a child’s speech development can be delayed.

Misalignment of Permanent Teeth: Last but not least, primary teeth serve the valued purpose of holding the place for the adult set of teeth. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely, the adult tooth may erupt out of place. Misalignment issues as a teen or adult can often demand orthodontic treatment and even jaw issues due to an unbalanced bite.

Need help on what proper dental care for a child involves? We want to help. Call Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry. We are a comprehensive dental practice that focuses on pediatric dental care!

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Thurs: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri: 7:30am – 5:00pm

Our Patients Reviews

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Based on 154 reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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