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WHY DO WE HAVE BABY TEETH?

Humans have two sets of teeth – a set of 20 “baby” teeth and a set of 32 permanent. Typically baby teeth are fully replaced by permanent teeth prior to the teen years. But why do we need two sets of teeth?

Teeth are necessary for chewing and speaking, but the jaws of infants are too small to accommodate the larger size of permanent teeth. Like most mammals, humans have a set of place-holding teeth that act as a temporary solution while the body grows big enough to support the larger and stronger set. However, just because the baby teeth will be replaced does not mean they don’t need to be cared for.

Barrie family dentist Dr. Adam Chapnick recommends children begin coming in for pediatric services by age one. These early visits allow us to help ensure proper development of both sets of teeth while also instructing you and your child in the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and other oral health issues. Equally important, early visits help children feel comfortable with professional dental care and can prove irreplaceable at combatting dental phobia and anxiety.

To learn more about our family dentistry practice or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chapnick, please contact Molson Park Dental Office today. Our family dentist serves Barrie and surrounding areas of Ontario.

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