We believe that caring for children's baby teeth and teaching them about oral hygiene at a young age lays the groundwork for long-term oral health.
Every day, your child grows and learns new skills. Early attention to your toddler's baby teeth and smile is critical, as these years can lay the groundwork for lifelong oral health. Today, we'll discuss the significance of baby teeth and how you can help your child maintain a healthy smile.
Why are baby teeth important?
You may be wondering why baby teeth are important when they are not permanent and will eventually fall out. Around the age of six months, the first baby teeth, which are usually the front bottom teeth, break through the gums. The last baby teeth in the back of the mouth and upper jaw should appear around the age of three, and your child should have ten top teeth and ten bottom teeth.
Baby teeth serve a variety of functions in the mouths of our young patients. They're for talking, eating, and shining a thousand-watt smile around the room. Baby teeth in a child's mouth also serve as placeholders for adult teeth in the jaws..
Around age 6, your child should begin to lose their first baby tooth and adult teeth will start to emerge. The timing of this tooth loss is critical. If your child loses a baby tooth too early, contact your child's dentist about how the correct space can be kept in the mouth so the adult teeth will erupt normally.
How should I take care of baby teeth?
Now is the time to create a solid oral health care routine for your child. By combining at-home care with regular dental visits, you can help keep your child's smile healthy.
Brush twice per day (morning and night) to prevent cavities.
To keep your newborn's mouth clean, wipe it with a wet pad or cloth. Use a rice-sized grain of child-friendly toothpaste on an ultra-soft toothbrush for children under the age of three. On children aged 3 and up, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Once your child can spit out all of the toothpaste after brushing, switch to fluoridated toothpaste (ask your dentist before switching). Brush your child's teeth with him or her until each tooth is thoroughly cleaned.
Visit your child's dentist regularly
Parents should schedule their child's first dental visit before he or she turns one year old. The first baby tooth should have emerged by this point. We'll check your child's mouth for plaque and cavities, tell you when his or her next tooth is due, and show you how to care for your child's teeth at home. Every six months, children should visit the dentist for a professional checkup and cleaning.
Limit sugary or acidic treats
Soda and fruit juice contain high levels of acid and sugar, which can harm your child's baby teeth. Sugary treats, such as candy, should also be avoided because they weaken tooth enamel and increase your child's risk of cavities.
Look into dental sealants for your child
Sealants are special coatings that are applied to a child's molar pits and grooves (back teeth). These aid in the prevention of tooth decay on the biting surfaces. If your child is at high risk for cavities, your dentist may recommend sealants.
Check into fluoride treatment
Fluoride is a proactive measure to help protect your child's teeth from cavities.
Once all the baby teeth have erupted, start flossing. There are special flossers for kids.
This is general advice. Certain children may have special circumstances and may need to see the dentist more often for checkups or cleanings.