What is the importance of baby teeth?
The baby (primary) teeth provide a foundation and guidance for the permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, the teeth beside it may tilt or drift into the empty space, early corrective treatment “space maintainers may be necessary to prevent more extensive treatment (including orthodontia-braces) in the future.
What are space maintainers?
Space maintainers are appliances made of metal or plastic that are custom fit to the child's mouth and maintain the space of the lost teeth, children easily adjust to them after the few days.
How does a space maintainer work?
Space maintainers hold open the empty space left by a lost tooth. They prevent movement of the remaining teeth until the permanent tooth start erupting in the mouth. It's affordable and it is an easy way to keep teeth in normal positions rather than having extensive orthodontic treatment in the future.
What special care do space maintainers need?
- 1keep it clean by brushing and flossing three times a day.
- Avoid sticky candy or chewing gum.
- Don't push on the space maintainer with your fingers or tongue
- Continue regular dental visits
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