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Yes, Baby Teeth Do Matter! Fort Mill, SC
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The primary teeth, commonly referred to as “baby teeth,” are the first teeth to erupt from a child’s gums in the first few years of life. There are a total of 20 primary teeth. Since the primary teeth are only temporary and eventually fall out for permanent teeth to take their place, many parents falsely assume that baby teeth are not important. Even worse, they may believe that decayed or damaged baby teeth don’t need to be treated. This could be a serious and costly mistake. The truth is; baby teeth absolutely matter. In fact, they serve critical roles in your child’s speech development, chewing function and long-term oral health.

It is important that you do everything you can to properly care for your child’s primary teeth, beginning from that very first tooth that emerges. These teeth are just as susceptible to decay, infection and other concerns that adult teeth encounter. This includes visiting a dentist on a routine basis in order to diagnose and repair cavities at their earliest stage.

When decay goes untreated in baby teeth, it can lead to a host of problems. Baby teeth may fall out due to severe decay, and this can cause complications within the speech development and chewing function of your baby, toddler or young child. It may also disrupt their education experience – did you know that untreated cavities are a leading reason for missed school days?

Another major role that baby teeth serve is holding the place for permanent teeth. If baby teeth fall out or come out too early (due to poor oral health), then the adult teeth may erupt in poor or improper fashion. This can mean serious misalignment issues that set you up for orthodontics, jaw problems and other costly issues.

When it comes to caring for baby teeth, the responsibility largely falls on the parent, as babies and toddlers are not yet equipped to do the job. Therefore, beyond daily brushing and flossing and scheduled dental visits, it is also important to feed your child a dental-friendly diet. From not putting your baby to bed with a bottle to avoiding gummy snacks and sodas, you can make a significant difference in how healthy and strong your child’s smile stays until permanent teeth grow in.

To schedule a dental checkup for your child, please call Gold Hill Dentistry. We are a comprehensive dental practice that values the importance of treating the entire family in one place.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

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Gold Hill Dentistry

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Based on 97 reviews

Marsha Rose

The staff at Gold Hill Dentistry is wonderful. They are polite, professional and helpful I have a history of working as both a dental assistant and hygienist in another state. I’m extremely particular when it comes to my dental care. My daughter recommended Gold Hill. I am very pleased with my dental care. I highly recommend the practice.

Don Rowley

The entire staff at Gold Hill Family Dentistry are professional, friendly, and very good at what they do. I’ve made numerous recommendations to family and friends. Very happy with the dental work they do. Scheduling, insurance processing, and follow up are always first class. Dr Kavi is the man.

Angelique Autumn McGowan

I highly recommend this dental practice. The staff are gracious, helpful, courteous and accommodating. Dr. Sagunarthy is a wonderful dentist. This is from someone who has always suffered with dental and gum issues. He is current on dental information, kind, gentle and professional! I am so happy to have found this practice!

Richard DeCristo

Dr. Sagunarthy is one of if not the best dentist I ever went to. He recently replaced a crown that was botched by another dentist and the procedure was done perfectly and painlessly. I first went to Gold Hill Dentistry for a second opinion on four crowns and maybe a root canal I needed asap from another dentist in Fort Mill. As it turned out I needed the crown replacement and only one other at a later date. That’s about $6000.00 I saved leaving this OTHER FORT MILL DENTIST. In addition to this wonderful dentist, the total staff is outstanding.

Lashae Drake

I had a tummy tuck preformed by Dr. Jones and I love my results. I'm so happy with my decision to choose him as my plastic surgeon.

Chrissy Jaselskis

Awesome dentist. Everyone was nice and professional. Very thorough job cleaning my teeth. Lots of great conversations. Staff made an uncomfortable place for me very comfortable. Thank you.

Thomas Dorsett

Very professional and caring staff. Highly recommend the service, they take personal care with all patience. I have experienced some of the best Hygienist.

Bill Strickland

Great staff. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would heartily recommend as they have been taking care of my family for years.

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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466