Nicole E Pagonis DDS
Dentistry in Los Gatos, CA

Why Are Baby Teeth So Important?

May 10, 2022
Posted By: Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS, Staff
Kid during dental checkup in Nicole E Pagonis DDS

Parents often ask us why it's so important to take care of their little one's baby teeth if they're only going to fall out anyway? This is a great question and an important one too! Your trusted children's dentist in Los Gatos, CA, is coming to you with the answer.

The Surprising Importance of Baby Teeth

Believe it or not, your son or daughter's baby teeth are vital to their oral health and development - even if they will fall out in the future.

First, your little one will have 20 baby teeth, and 12 of those teeth won't even fall out until age ten or even later. So baby teeth have a lot of work to do during the first decade of your child's life.

Some critical things baby teeth are in charge of are:

  • Guiding adult teeth and holding space for them to come into place in the future
  • Helping your little one form their first words and learn to talk
  • Allowing your son or daughter to enjoy their first foods

If baby teeth are lost too soon, it can impact your child's oral development.

Taking Care of Small Smiles

Los Gatos children's dentist, Dr. Nicole Pagonis, likes to see children for their first dental visit around the age of one-year-old. These early visits allow our team to begin building rapport with your little one and helping them feel comfortable visiting the dentist while also monitoring their oral development.

We'll spend time counting their teeth, riding in the "big chair," and answering parents' questions about dental health and home care. Our primary goal is to make visiting the dentist the best experience possible for your son or daughter, so they look forward to future visits. 

Is It Time for Your Child's First Dental Appointment?

Contact Nicole E. Pagonis, DDS, today at (408) 399-3920 to arrange a convenient time for your little one's next dental appointment.


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