Odontopaediatrics means the care and treatment of childrens teeth. Why is it so important to care for the milk teeth if they are going to fall out anyway? Well, milk teeth are playing a key role in the development of a healthy permanent dentition. Proper mastication with healthy milk teeth stimulates the growth or the jaws and prevents future malposition of the permanent teeth.
They serve as place-keeper and there premature loss often causes narrowness that has to be treated with braces.
Beyond that also the first permanent teeth are starting to erupt around the age of 5-6 years. Since they´re very vulnerable to tooth decay they deserve special attention. They can be protected by means of fissure sealing and fluoridation.