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Children's Center for Dentistry
GREGORY DIETZ DMD

Why are primary (baby) teeth important?

Although your child will lose these first teeth, they do serve an important function while they are present. Baby teeth help your child learn how to chew, assist when learning correct speech and diction, hold space in the mouth for adult teeth, and give your child a beautiful, precious smile. 

If your child loses one of their baby teeth too early, this is a dental emergency. Problems could occur with the teeth that are developing beneath the gumline or with the current teeth. If your child's baby teeth become damaged or are lost too soon, call the Children's Center for Dentistry at 309-827-KIDS(5437) to schedule a same-day emergency appointment.

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We would like to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community by asking patients to call and reschedule if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, if you have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19, or you have traveled to a COVID-19 hot spot or out of state within the past two weeks. In addition, we are limiting only one parent/guardian to accompany our patients unless otherwise agreed upon. All persons that enter our building are to wear masks and are asked to keep a minimum social distance of 6 feet.