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THE IMPORTANCE OF BABY TEETH: MORE THAN JUST LITTLE CHOMPERS


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Welcome to the fascinating world of baby teeth! These little chompers are more than just adorable; they're essential for your child's future smile. In this article, we'll delve into why baby teeth are a big deal and how losing them too early can impact the adult teeth coming in.



Baby Teeth Protect Spaces for Big Teeth:


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Beyond being cute, baby teeth act as crucial placeholders for the adult teeth that follow. Losing them prematurely can disrupt the plan, potentially causing issues as the new teeth emerge.




Losing One Can Start a Chain Reaction:


Think of baby teeth like dominoes. If one falls too early, it can set off a chain reaction, affecting how the adult teeth grow in.


Long-Term Impact of Early Tooth Loss:


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While losing a baby tooth may seem inconsequential, it can lead to lasting effects, including crowded or crooked adult teeth. Taking care of baby teeth now helps prevent these issues down the road.




What Parents Can Do:


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Caring for baby teeth is vital. Schedule regular check-ups with the dentist every 4 to 6 months, catching any potential issues early. Start dental visits within six months of the first tooth or around your child's first birthday. CLICK HERE to find out more about first dental visit. And when it comes to brushing, here's a crucial tip: use fluoride toothpaste and adjust the amount based on age. For children under 3, a tiny smear, equivalent to a grain of rice, is just right. Once they hit 3, upgrade to a pea-sized amount.


Daily Dental Habits:


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Parents play a crucial role in their child's oral health. Check your child's brushing technique regularly, ensuring it's done correctly. Drinking plenty of water neutralizes the oral cavity's pH, preventing cavities. Use fluoride toothpaste, adjusting the amount based on age.




Baby teeth are the architects of a lifetime of healthy smiles. Begin early with regular dental check-ups, proper brushing habits, and a tooth-friendly diet. Speaking of brushing, remember the key tip: adjust the fluoride toothpaste amount based on age. At Penn Pacific Dental Center, we understand the importance of your child's oral health. We care about those little smiles. Whether it's a routine check-up or a helpful tip on toothpaste, remember, it's easy to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. Let's keep those baby teeth and smiles shining bright!

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Graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis (U.S.A.), major in biochemistry and molecular biology, Dr. Yu has further obtained his dental degree (Doctor of Dental Medicine) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (U.S.A.).  Dr. Yu is qualified to practice in the US, Singapore and Hong Kong, and has over 10 years of practicing experience in the US before starting both practices in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Dr. Chrissie Lam graduated from University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.) with a bachelor degree in Nutritional Science before earning her doctorate degree in dentistry from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (U.S.A.). In her 10 years of practice she took care of her patients, both in U.S.A. and Singapore with her warm demeanor and excellent clinical skills. 

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