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Redlands area parents ask about the importance of healthy primary teeth


Dr. Terry Vines at Pure Gold Dental explains the importance of healthy primary teeth
Dr. Terry Vines and the team at Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry are proud to provide patients of all ages with the information they need to make educated decisions regarding their oral health and wellness. Parents may ask their child’s dentist about how to keep children’s smiles healthy. They can also learn why the primary teeth are important.

What are primary teeth?

The primary teeth are often known as baby teeth, but are medically known as the deciduous teeth. These teeth are the first teeth to develop and break through the gum line, becoming visible in the mouth typically during infancy. While these teeth are naturally lost over the years and replaced with adult teeth, they still need to be properly cared for.

Why are primary teeth important?

The primary teeth are important because:
  • They set the foundation for good oral health and wellness
  • They assist in maintaining the dental arch
  • The primary teeth provide a pathway for the permanent teeth
  • They facilitate the development of a child’s speech and smile
  • These teeth offer a method of chewing solid foods

These teeth may seem as though they are not necessary, considering they are naturally eliminated over time and replaced. However, they can still become an issue if not properly cared for. Pediatric dental patients are encouraged to take diligent care of their primary teeth by brushing, flossing, and maintaining recall appointments. Dr. Terry Vines and his staff work with both children and parents to educate everyone on the best way to care for the primary teeth to avoid the development of dental caries or periodontal disease – conditions that can have lasting effects on the oral health of a patient and require extensive dental care to address.

Interested in learning more about primary teeth?

Discuss the importance of the primary teeth with our dental professionals. Our team is available at 303 Brookside Avenue in Redlands, CA and can be reached at (909) 435-4558. Call today to book an appointment with one of our pediatric dental professionals.

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