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Yes! Baby Teeth Do Matter Gainesville, GA
Baby Brushing Teeth Gainesville, GA

We hear it all the time – “if my child’s baby teeth are going to fall out anyways, why do we need to fix them?” This is a common and very unfortunate misconception. Baby teeth do matter, and they matter in very big ways. When primary teeth are not cared for and monitored closely, they can impact your child’s speech development and chewing efficiency as well as their overall health and comfort. Did you know that dental problems in children are the leading cause of missed school days in the United States?

It is not until 12 or 13 years of age that your child will have a full set of permanent teeth. In the meantime, those primary teeth serve a very important purpose. Not only do the presence of primary teeth help your child graduate to a diet beyond soft baby food, but they are also the place holders for the permanent teeth – the ones they will have for the rest of their life. Choosing not to fill a cavity or correct a dental issue in one tooth can lead to the early removal of that tooth. This creates spacing and eruption issues for the adult teeth behind them. In most cases, this equates to orthodontics – an expense far beyond the cost of routine pediatric dental care.

If you are still on the fence about whether baby teeth really need a dentist’s attention, consider the following roles that healthy primary teeth play:

  • Help children chew food easily and properly
  • Help children speak more quickly and clearly
  • Hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums
  • Set the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles
  • Helps children avoid the setbacks of toothaches, discomfort, missed days of school and future orthodontics

Last but certainly not least, if there is an infection in the mouth that goes untreated, it can spread to nearby teeth and even impact your child’s overall health. The demands of proper oral hygiene begin as soon as your baby is born. Bring your child to the dentist starting at the age of 1, or within six months of the first tooth eruption. Establishing good dental habits early is a rewarding gift for your child’s long-term oral health.

At Gainesville Dental Group, we proudly treat patients of all ages. In fact, we love kids! Schedule your pediatric dental appointment with us today!

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

Our Patient Reviews

Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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Contact Us

1026 Thompson Bridge Road
Gainesville GA, 30501

Tel: (770) 297-0401

Opening Hours

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Our office is open for normal business hours and we are following all ADA/CDC guidelines to ensure staff and patient safety.