The Importance of Baby Teeth

Your baby’s firsts are always exciting whether it’s their first word, their first steps, their first haircut, but one of the most neglected firsts… are their teeth. Many people think that the primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, aren’t important because these teeth are not permanent. This is a common misconception, at Advanced Children’s Dentistry we want to correct those views. Both sets of teeth are important and the primary teeth set the path for the permanent teeth.

Why Baby Teeth Are Important

Your child’s primary teeth carve a path and maintain the space for their permanent teeth, so if the primary teeth are not taken care of, the permanent teeth can grow in crooked or they can become crowded (makes it harder for other teeth to find room). Primary teeth fall out when they are ready, so take care of them until they are ready to fall out on their own. These teeth help define and teach proper oral behavior to children, such as: learning to chew, speaking properly and clearly, and a healthy smile all start with their primary teeth.

How to Care for Your Child’s Baby Teeth

Primary teeth generally will start emerging between six to 12 months and they will have about 20 teeth by the time they are two to three years old. It’s best to bring your child into the dentist by their first birthday (or six months after the first tooth emerges). The dentist will check your child’s teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy. Even though your child’s tooth may not appear for the first year, this does not mean that oral hygiene is not important. Your baby’s mouth will still have germs and bacteria and can acquire a bacterial infection on the tongue called thrush. To clean your baby’s mouth, use a clean damp cloth on their gums and tongue. This is especially important to do after feeding them once the tooth emerge. It is important to not let them fall asleep with the bottle, by doing so, all that sugar will soak their teeth and can cause tooth decay. If a baby tooth develops a cavity and it is not treated because, “they’ll fall out anyway,” it may create a serious infection in your child’s mouth. Cavities grow bigger overtime and can infect the nerve of the baby tooth and cause a lot of pain to your child. A pus-filled abscess may develop on the gums around the infected tooth or teeth. These bacteria may also travel systemically through their bloodstream.

It is important to start keeping up with your child’s oral care as soon as possible and teach them proper oral hygiene. In fact, according to the American Academy Pediatric Dentistry, 41% of children get a cavity between the ages of two and 11. Make sure they brush and floss, limit their sugary foods and beverage intake, make biannual visit to the dentist, ensure they are getting enough fluoride. Remember healthy baby teeth are the path to having healthy adult teeth.

At Advanced Children’s Dentistry, your Garden City Pediatric Dentist, we want to make sure your children are given the opportunity to receive the best oral health care options there are available. We also want you to be knowledgeable of anything you can do to help your child’s oral hygiene. Call today 516-758-KIDS (5437) and reserve your dental care appointment. Advanced Children’s Dentistry is proud to serve the surrounding areas: Mineola, Hempstead, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Uniondale, New Hyde Park, Westbury, North New Hyde Park, Roosevelt, North Merrick, Roslyn, Carl Place, Willison Park, Old Westbury, Albertson, East Meadow, Garden City Park, Floral Park, East Garden City and more.

Your Child's Oral Care Timeline

Leave a Comment