At Carousel Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we believe baby teeth are essential for a child’s dental growth and development. Children also need healthy baby teeth to chew a healthy diet that promotes optimal growth and to aid in proper speech development.
Although they do eventually fall out on their own, many baby teeth typically stay in a child’s mouth until 12-13 years of age, making them a crucial part of your child’s dental development.
The front four teeth, known as incisors, typically fall out between 6-8 years of age.
Baby molars and canines, however, begin falling out around age 10, with the last baby molar falling out between 12-13 years of age.
Comprehensive Infant Dental Care in Apple Valley, MN
With so many years of use and function needed, it’s essential to do whatever we can to keep baby teeth healthy and intact until they come out on their own. Baby teeth act as “space holders” for the permanent teeth until they are ready to come in. Early loss of baby teeth, especially baby molars, leads to significant space loss and complex orthodontic problems.
Children need preventive dentistry just as adults do, and routine examinations and teeth cleanings help us stay a step ahead of problems that might threaten the stability of baby teeth. It’s also crucial to be proactive with their oral hygiene at home, and doing so can help your child avoid the discomfort of cavities and toothaches later on.
Contact Carousel Pediatric Dentistry To Learn More
Our Apple Valley pediatric dentists will provide all the guidance and support you need to help your child maintain healthy baby teeth until permanent teeth make their appearance. Please call Carousel Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment.