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Baby teeth are key to dental health later in life
Updated: 4/25/2012 6:59:50 PM

Baby teeth are key to dental health later in life  

Dental health is important from the moment a baby is born, not just when their teeth come in. This is why parents should wipe their baby's gums down with a clean, damp, washcloth after meals to make sure that harmful bacteria does not form in their mouth. When teeth do appear, a baby should be taken to the dentist as soon as possible.

Recently, Bayshore Broadcasting News Center spoke to dental health educator Emma McGregor who said that she finds that many parents believe that baby teeth are not as important as permanent ones because they fall out.

According to the American Dental Association, baby teeth serve as placeholders in the mouth for permanent teeth. If a baby tooth falls out too early, the other teeth may drift to fill the space. Then when adult teeth come in, there may not be enough room, which may cause them to be crowded and crooked.

To promote good oral health habits, McGregor recommends making brushing more fun by offering kids small prizes, such as stickers, when they successfully brush their teeth.

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