Parents often ask us why they should bother taking good care of their toddler’s teeth when they will just fall out anyway. The truth is that even though baby teeth are temporary, they serve several important purposes. They enable your child to chew food properly, learn to speak correctly, and act as placeholders for permanent teeth. When a child’s teeth fall out before they should, the adult teeth may grow in crooked or drift out of position.

Learn more about the role of baby teeth — and how you can prevent the condition known as baby bottle mouth — in this video from the American Dental Association. Then schedule a checkup for your baby at Silver Leaf Dentistry. For children’s dentistry in Longmont, CO, call 720-504-2539 or reach us online.