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Did you know that the premature loss of baby teeth can actually cause problems with your child’s teeth in the future? For the most part, parents don’t worry when their children lose their teeth earlier than expected. They are going to fall out eventually anyway, right? But what most children don’t realize is that this can be detrimental to their child’s oral health in the future.

The truth is, there are several reasons to be concerned with the premature loss of baby teeth. Luckily, our dentist, Dr. Brock Barras, is familiar with the causes of premature tooth loss and how it can affect your child in later life. Our team at Barras Family Dentistry in Lafayette, Louisiana, is equipped to help you and your family with all of your oral health needs.

It is a little-known fact that your child’s permanent teeth are present in the jaw bone from their early years. The baby teeth simply act as placeholders for the permanent teeth that will grow in later. If baby teeth are lost prematurely due to baby bottle tooth decay or other factors the permanent teeth can be affected and even misaligned. This could lead to further problems in the future and even orthodontic treatment.

Tooth loss can also make it more difficult for your child to eat healthy foods and may also affect their ability to speak properly. As a result, your child could require speech therapy in the future. The best method when it comes to baby bottle tooth decay is prevention. If you have any questions about the decay of baby teeth or believe that your child may be losing their teeth prematurely call us at (337) 443-4912 to schedule an appointment. We are always there to take care of your families oral-health needs.