Primary teeth are important for a number of reasons. The health and development of your child’s primary teeth will affect their oral health for the rest of their life, making it crucial that you monitor your child’s dental health and teach him or her proper oral hygiene habits. To learn more about caring for your child’s baby teeth, please call Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc at 858-551-9700 and schedule an appointment with our experienced pediatric dentist in La Jolla, California, Dr. Anthony Scoma.

Primary, or “baby,” teeth allow your child to chew and eat with ease, helping them to maintain good nutrition, which in turn contributes to both their oral and overall health. Healthy primary teeth also help your child to speak clearly, developing good pronunciation and speech habits, and reducing the likelihood of speech impediments or other problems later.

Baby teeth are also important in guiding the eruption of the permanent teeth. Primary teeth hold the place open for permanent teeth, so that when your child’s adult teeth begin to push through the gum line there is a place ready for them, and the chances of crowded or overlapping teeth and improper eruption are minimized. Your child’s baby teeth also help the jaw and bite to develop properly.

Healthy baby teeth also help your child feel good about him or herself. A healthy, beautiful smile boosts their self-image and confidence, and gives your child a chance to smile with confidence.

We welcome you to call our office today to learn more about the importance of primary teeth in your child’s growth and development, and to make your child’s next appointment with our pediatric dentist.