Healthy teeth are very important-even baby teeth are important. Many parents make the mistake of thinking they do not have to take such close care of their kid’s baby teeth “because they are just going to fall out anyway.” Proper care of all of your child’s teeth, both “baby” and permanent, are critical to future oral health.
Baby teeth help your child learn to speak clearly, chew properly, and serve as “space holders” so permanent teeth can grow in straight.
Generally, little ones start getting their primary or "baby" teeth between six and ten months of age. Most children will have all of their baby teeth by the time they are three years of age. We recommend you begin brushing your child’s baby teeth as soon as the first one erupts. A pea size amount of fluoridated toothpaste should be used on a small, soft bristled toothbrush. Make sure your child understands not to swallow the toothpaste, and be sure to remind him or her to "spit" out the toothpaste after brushing.
To avoid “baby bottle” tooth decay -do not put your child to bed on a bottle of milk or juice. Try water instead.
Your child’s baby teeth should never be neglected. Dentists agree that the best way to prevent gum disease and other problems is to master basic daily oral care and maintain regular dental visits to catch small cavities before they become big problems. Good habits begin with learning the proper ways of brushing and flossing, and your child’s baby teeth are the best place to start.
We recommend scheduling your child’s first dental appointment when their baby teeth first start to erupt.
Please call us today for more information about your child’s dental health!