Your Child's Teeth

American Dental Association spokeswoman Dr. Mary Hayes discusses the importance of baby teeth. “Baby teeth are the pattern for the permanent teeth,” says Dr. Hayes, emphasizing parents start preventive dental care early. “Some kids who are going through a phase when there’s more decay present, maybe they need to be on a different plan; maybe they need to brush their teeth more often, maybe they need some supplements,” adds Dr. Hayes. She recommends parents speak to their child’s dentist about “how and when to fill cavities and changes to prevent further decay.”