Why milk teeth are im­por­tant

Young Parents (Singapore) - - Feature -

Although most milk teeth will even­tu­ally drop and be re­placed by adult teeth over the ages of seven to 13, they are still es­sen­tial to your child’s health and well be­ing.

Not only do milk teeth give your child a pretty smile, they are im­por­tant for func­tion (bit­ing and chew­ing), speech, growth and de­vel­op­ment of adult teeth, says Dr Bien Lai of the Na­tional Den­tal Cen­tre Sin­ga­pore.

“If the child has se­vere tooth de­cay at two years old, it is un­likely that she can wait for all the milk teeth to drop with­out any den­tal treat­ment,” she adds.

“It is im­por­tant to have good oral health from young so that your child will not suf­fer from tooth pain and in­fec­tion, and the good habits can carry on to adult­hood.”

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