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Do baby teeth really matter? After all, they eventually fall out. At Radiant Smiles in Arlington, we value and stress the importance of caring for primary teeth (baby teeth), even though they are temporary. Here’s why it’s crucial to maintain the health of your child’s primary teeth:

Prevention of Cavities and Decay

Cavities can form in baby teeth when bacteria in the mouth feed on sugary substances, creating acids that attack tooth enamel. This process can start early, even with natural sugars in breast milk and formula. Proper dental hygiene from an early age reduces the risk of tooth decay, which is the most common chronic health problem in children. In fact, about 23% of kids experience cavities before their fifth birthday​​.

Developmental Benefits

Baby teeth are essential for children to chew and eat foods, promoting good nutrition and healthy weight. They also play a crucial role in speech development. Children who lose baby teeth too early may face challenges in making certain sounds, potentially requiring speech therapy​​.

Guiding Permanent Teeth

Baby teeth hold space for adult teeth growing in the jaw. Losing baby teeth too early can cause nearby teeth to shift, potentially blocking the adult tooth’s proper eruption and leading to crowding and misalignment​​.

Overall Health and Confidence

Tooth decay in baby teeth can lead to infections, causing pain and fever. Healthy baby teeth are vital for a child’s overall health, self-confidence, and social experiences. Children with decayed front teeth may feel self-conscious, impacting their willingness to smile or interact with others​​​​.

Establishing Healthy Habits

Developing good oral care habits early sets the stage for a lifelong healthy smile. It’s important to brush baby teeth as soon as they come in and to establish a routine of dental care, including regular visits to a pediatric dentist​​​​.

At Radiant Smiles, we emphasize the importance of early dental care and are here to guide parents in establishing and maintaining healthy dental routines for their children. Remember, taking care of baby teeth is not just about oral health; it’s about laying the foundation for your child’s overall health and well-being.

Posted on behalf of Radiant Smiles

3801 N Fairfax Dr Suite 25
Arlington, VA 22203

Phone: (703) 528-0444
FAX: (703) 516-0262

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Dr. Surbhi Chandna

Dr. Surbhi Chandna is a general and cosmetic dentist. She started her career in Dentistry in 2005 and has since gained experience working in India and United States. She is a graduate of prestigious University of Pittsburgh- School of Dentistry. She has years of experience working in Richmond, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She has taken hundreds of CE courses to stay updated with the latest dental technology.

She truly enjoys the art of dentistry, because she can use her skillset to improve the smile, oral health, and confidence of her patients. Refer to our gallery for some of the cases that she has done.

Featured in Arlington Magazine’s July/August ’23 Dentist profile

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3801 N Fairfax Dr Suite 25
Arlington, VA 22203

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