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A beautiful smile makes a great first impression, and we at Mcilwain Dental Specialists, want to help you be your best self. Whether it’s routine cleanings or orthodontic realignment, we make your oral health a priority. Each visit is an opportunity to learn more about the condition of your teeth and gums, and to make sure you and your loved ones are on the right track for a healthy smile. We also make ourselves available for immediate treatments and oral emergencies, should they arise. Our practice is specifically geared to treat the whole person. From your toddler’s first cleaning to fitting grandpa for dentures and everything in between, Mcilwain Dental Specialists is all about the family.
Why Are the Primary Teeth so Important
It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for (1) proper chewing and eating, (2) providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, and (3) permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.
What Causes Crooked Teeth?
Crowded teeth, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, premature loss of baby teeth, a poor breathing airway caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils can all contribute to poor tooth positioning. And then there are the hereditary factors. Extra teeth, large teeth, missing teeth, wide spacing, small jaws – all can be causes of crowded teeth.
How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visits to the dentist at least once every six months for a professional exam and cleaning. Regular dental visits are necessary for the maintenance of healthy gums and teeth. Your dentist may recommend more frequent visits, depending on the status of your oral health.