Just because your child will end up losing their baby teeth doesn’t make your child’s first set of teeth any less important.
Your child’s first teeth (which are often called their baby teeth) are extremely important for your child’s oral health and taking care of them will help set the tone for taking care of your child’s adult teeth.
Baby teeth also carry the important function of holding the necessary space needed for the adult teeth to grow in. When you take care of your kid’s baby teeth you’re also giving them protection from tooth decay and cavities.
Normally if we think of tooth decay we think of folks more advanced in age, however tooth decay can affect children in the following ways:
- Tooth decay can cause your child unnecessary pain
- Tooth decay can disrupt chewing and speech
- Tooth decay can cause your child to be embarrassed
- Tooth decay can also create problems down the road for your child’s adult teeth.
So, how do you help your child avoid tooth decay and take care of their teeth?
Knowing a little more about what you can expect from baby teeth is a good start. It turns out that most babies have their first tooth come in anywhere between 4 and 7 months.
If you start incorporating healthy dental habits in your child at a young age, your child’s smile will sparkle for years to come.
As soon as you see your child’s teeth coming in you should start cleaning them. Brush your child’s teeth twice a day just like you do yours, too. Make sure that you also protect your child’s teeth with fluoride, whether it comes from toothpaste or from tap water.
Making sure to also give your child healthy foods and drinks to consume is a great idea, too. Stay away from sugary acidic drinks that damage your child’s smile.
Lastly, making sure to schedule your child’s routine visits with Audubon Dental Center will also make a huge difference in keeping your child’s smile healthy year-round. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for anyone in the family.