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Parents often have many questions about baby teeth. After all, we know that soon enough the tiny teeth that appear in our baby’s mouth - seemingly overnight sometimes - will wiggle and be replaced with a permanent set. Do baby teeth have roots? Should I worry if my child gets a cavity in a baby tooth?
There is more value in those first teeth than the surprises the Tooth Fairy will leave behind when they fall out!
It can be tempting to think that baby teeth don’t matter much, but good oral hygiene is an important part of your toddler and elementary-age child’s overall health. Read on to learn more about why baby teeth are important and what to do if you suspect a baby tooth cavity.
Stay Magical Tooth Fairies!
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Despite the obvious costs and hassles of extra trips to the dentist, damaged baby teeth can hinder the healthy growth of adult teeth and cause even more problems down the road.
Getting plenty of fruits and veggies into a child’s diet can be a challenge - pain while chewing is one less thing that parents will have to contend with by keeping those baby teeth clean and healthy!
Children can be very sensitive to fitting in with peers, especially as they enter and continue through elementary school. Keeping a consistent oral health routine sets the stage for proper speech development, ultimately helping a child navigate forming social connections.
Here are some signs to look for that could indicate cavities in baby teeth. If you are concerned your child may be showing signs of a cavity or other tooth-related issues, be sure to consult your dentist and/or pediatrician for advice.
As parents we know that oral hygiene is just a tiny portion of the many things that go into raising happy, healthy children. Making the Tooth Fairy experience low stress for parents while creating magical memories for children inspires us each day as we lovingly create our Tooth Fairy Kits. We have also created a FREE downloadable Loose Tooth Fairy Chart as a way to help document this aspect of your child’s growth. Get the free printable chart below!