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Why Dentists Count a Baby's Teeth at Their First Few Visits


Posted on 5/13/2018 by Fariba Mutschler
Baby Teeth Great Grins for KIDS - Oregon City OR 97045When you bring your young child in to see us, you will probably notice that we are counting his or her teeth.

If you have ever wondered why we do this, here's our reason: we are making sure that everything is going the way it should be in your child's mouth.

The First Set of Teeth


You may not realize this, but the child's first set of teeth plays a very important role in your child's oral health. This is true even though those baby teeth will fall out when he or she is still quite young.

The baby teeth help serve as placeholders for the adult teeth. As the child's jaw grows and forms into the shape and size it will eventually be, those baby teeth keep the spacing and alignment correct so that when the adult teeth come in, they will do so with a minimum of difficulty.

To this end, it stands to reason that having the baby teeth come in properly is very important to your child's oral health. If the baby teeth have a problem, that issue could eventually affect the adult teeth, too.

So, we count the baby teeth in order to make sure that they are coming in properly. If we notice that your child has fewer teeth than he or she should have, that may be an indication to us that something is off. This will allow us to investigate more closely and determine whether any corrective action should be taken.

We are Here for You, and Your Children


As your dental health professionals, we always operate with a view to helping you (and your child) achieve a smile that is healthy and happy. We want to do whatever we can to help ensure that your child develops normally. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!
Great Grins for Kids gets our highest rating. The dentists and staff are highly professional, yet compassionate and friendly. We have had experience with other dental practices that don't measure up. Getting our kids to Great Grins was a wonderful upgrade for our family. You set the bar very high! ~ Annabelle C.


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