Baby teeth are the temporary teeth that begin to erupt around six months of age. Throughout my professional career I have heard many parents make typical comments like “baby teeth don’t matter” and “they’re going to fall out anyway”.
All dentists should inform parents about the importance of baby teeth: they are much more important than most people think and have a huge impact on the permanent teeth. Poor oral health can lead to many dental problems in the long run.
Baby teeth require proper care
Baby teeth play a fundamental role in oral health, where their main purpose is to hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth and serve as a guide for when the permanent teeth come in. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room.
Dental problem during childhood can lead to future oral health issues. Visiting a Pediatric Dentist, experts in caring for the youngest members of the family, is recommend from an early age. It is important to check and monitor cavities in baby teeth, since the appearance of cavities can increase the chances of developing cavities in permanent teeth.
The presence of temporary or baby teeth is fundamental for the correct development of the maxillofacial structure. In addition, they also help little ones with the correct pronunciation of each sound. On the other hand, baby teeth are needed in order to start chewing food after only drinking breast milk or formula for their first months of life. Baby teeth make it possible for your child to start biting, crushing and chewing food.
Tips for caring for baby teeth
Children should start brushing their teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning after breakfast and again at night before going to bed, starting at the age of two.
Treat brushing teeth as a game to get your child to stick to the habit. Parents can also brush their teeth at the same time as their child so that the child can mimic the way the rest of the family takes care of their teeth.
Choose a soft toothbrush and a children’s toothpaste, which is different from adult toothpaste.
Regular check-ups are an important part of your child’s oral health. If it has been a while since your child has had a visit, make an appointment with the Pediatric Dentist at the Casanova 25 dental clinic.