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    What parents NEED to know about keeping their children’s teeth healthy

    Having a healthy smile is crucial to a child’s overall health and development.

    Your child’s teeth matter, including baby teeth. Even though baby teeth are replaced by adult teeth, they still play an important role in your child’s development.

    Childrens teethBaby teeth impact the development of facial muscles and jaw development, and are also responsible for proper speech development. They are crucial for children getting proper nutrition because chewing food—and the ability to chew properly—aids in digestion. Kids need nutrients to grow and the ability to chew food properly increases the surface area of food during digestion, which in turn allows for better absorption of nutrients to your child’s growing body. Having healthy, sound teeth also contributes to aesthetics and a child’s self-esteem. Some baby teeth are not shed until the ages of 10, 11 and 12, so maintaining the health of these baby teeth is crucial.

    More from the author: Why prevention is key when it comes to oral health

    But how do you keep your child’s teeth healthy? Click through the slides to learn five ways.

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    Kara Vavrosky, RDH
    Kara Vavrosky, RDH is an Editorial Director at Modern Hygienist, a part of the Modern Dental Network. She is best known for running the ...

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