Your Child’s Baby Teeth Are Important

July 14, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized | Be the first one to comment

“DO I NEED TO FIX my child’s baby tooth since it’s going to fall out anyway?” This is a question we get asked a lot as dental professionals. The answer is a resounding YES! Primary, or “baby,” teeth serve an important purpose in your child’s present and future oral health.

Baby Teeth Have Three Main Functions

Besides providing an aesthetic appeal to your child’s smile and boosting their self-esteem, primary teeth have three main functions:

  1. They aid in proper chewing, fostering good nutrition
  2. They promote proper speech development
  3. They reserve a space for permanent teeth to grow in
If a primary tooth falls out or must be removed before its time due to decay, the surrounding teeth may shift into the gap, causing dental crowding and future orthodontic problems. In some cases, untreated infections in baby teeth can even affect the developing permanent teeth.

Taking care of those primary teeth not only prevents decay, but also helps your child get into the habit of good oral hygiene and sets the stage for their future oral health. Baby teeth may fall out but they’re still very important!

Regular Dental Visits Make For A Lifetime of Healthy Smiles

Your child’s first dental visit is an important milestone! Children should visit the dentist when their first tooth appears or around their first birthday.

A February 2005 Children’s Dental Health Project report found that children who visited the dentist by age one were less likely to visit the emergency room for oral health problems. They also found that children age five who had their first dental visit by the age of one incurred less oral health-related costs than their peers who didn’t see a dentist until age five.

On your child’s first visit, we will check their mouth for decay and other problems as well as show parents proper cleaning techniques. Another benefit of early, regular dental visits is that we can determine if a child is at a higher risk for cavities and implement appropriate intervention.

Baby Teeth Matter

Even though they’re temporary, your child’s baby teeth are essential to their growth and development. Teach children to take care of their baby teeth and set them on a lifelong path of good oral hygiene. If you have any questions, call us or comment below!

We love our patients and their beautiful smiles!
Image by Flickr user Donnie Ray Jones used underCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


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Mary J., Ottawa

I enjoy and respect the people that work at Centrum Dental, everyone is friendly, helpful and informative.


Vic H, Sttitsville

"I recently saw Suzie for my hygenist appointment, who I have been going to for about 10 years. She explains everything as she goes along and she is personable and friendly every time. The girls at the front desk are similarly pleasant and helpful. Dr. Khoury and his assistants have been great too, always fitting us in for any emergency or appointment change. The new office is bright and beautiful."


Helene A, Kanata

"All parties concerned are most professional and cordial. The dental craft and hygiene are super excellent in every way. The place is clean and inviting one is not afraid that they will shortcut anything to jeoparidize the person's health. Bravo to you all and thank you for the good services rendered."


Serge D., Ottawa

"As usual, the staff is very welcoming as soon as you open the door. Suzie is a great hygienist."


Maureen O., Kanata

As always, it was a positive experience. Having done more of the suggestions I was given from the last cleaning, my gums were better. Just goes to show that one must do what one is advised to do by the professionals, and they are just that at the Centrum Dental Centre. Its always a pleasure dealing with them, and I always come away smiling, which is a good thing coming from the dentist! Keep up the good work!


Christine H., Kanata

"I highly recommend the Centrum Dental centre. For such a skitish patient they always take such good, good care of me. Dr Ghamian is incredible and has always been kind and patient. Perhaps that is why I have referred many of my clients to them year after year."


Ahmed E.

"I almost fell asleep while getting my root canal! The pain was gone in less than a day... and I was able to eat on that side in 2 days! Thank you Dr. Khoury! You're a magician :) Very pleasant staff and experience!"


Dale M., Kanata

"Kim V. was thorough and always helpful in her suggestions/tips. Her highly personable style makes the visit that much more enjoyable. Dr. Ghamien tends to make each patient feel welcome and "not just another appt" regardless of nature or length of visit."


Marc A.

“I highly recommend Centrum Dental. The staff is consistently polite, friendly, professional and available. I have had several procedures done, from fillings to root canals and extractions, and the work is always to my satisfaction. Dr. Khoury is punctual, painless, and always explains procedures. I am entirely satisfied with my experience at Centrum Dental.”


Cade B., Kanata

"Very good experience. This was Cade's first filling without any gas and he did great. Dr. K was so good with him"


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