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Baby Teeth—Take Them Seriously

Baby NibblerYou probably know that it’s important to take care of a child’s baby teeth, but do you understand why? It’s a common question that patients have. “Why worry about a baby tooth if it’s eventually going to fall out?”

Well, for starters, baby teeth are around a little longer than you might think. Incisors (front teeth) fall out around age 5 or 6, while molars are last to fall out by 10 or 11. So while baby teeth aren’t permanent, it’s still important to have healthy, functioning teeth during this period. A baby tooth that’s lost before its time can cause permanent teeth to erupt out of position. This can be notoriously hard to correct with orthodontics, and can even sometimes causes the child’s face to develop asymmetrically. An appliance called a space maintainer may be placed to keep teeth from drifting and assure a more perfect future for that tooth to come.

As well as avoiding problems from missing teeth, proper oral hygiene learned during childhood is more likely to be continued throughout adulthood. So you really are setting a foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. Furthermore, one of the best ways to show your children the importance is to lead by example! Children notice everything parents do, so set a good example and take care of your own teeth as well!

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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