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Why is it important to care for baby teeth?

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While it's true that baby teeth are only in the mouth a short period of time, they play a vital role. Baby teeth:

  • Reserve space for their permanent counterparts
  • Give the face its normal appearance.
  • Aid in the development of clear speech.
  • Help attain good nutrition (missing or decayed teeth make it difficult to chew, causing children to reject foods)
  • Help give a healthy start to the permanent teeth (decay and infection in baby teeth can cause damage to the permanent teeth developing beneath them)

From: Dental Health and Your Child's Teeth WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 24, 2017

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 24, 2017

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