It’s amazing to watch children develop. The changes that start seemingly from the day they’re born are nothing short of a miracle. One of the most obvious physical changes is the development of teeth. In general, babies’ lower teeth will begin to show anytime after the eighth month. This growth process typically continues until their third year, by which point all baby teeth are fully formed.
One question that parents have about baby teeth is do they need dental care? The conventional thinking is they’re not permanent so why does it really matter? As the following post explains, there are good reasons why proper care for baby teeth is important.
You might wonder why you should struggle to brush temporary baby teeth that will soon be replaced with permanent versions. But it’s essential to take good care of your baby’s teeth now and not only because establishing good dental habits early on helps ensure a lifetime of dental health.
Decayed baby teeth can interfere with good nutrition and speech development. If decayed baby teeth fall out, they don’t hold a proper place for future teeth, which can make the permanent ones come in crooked.
What’s more, not all baby teeth have permanent successors. There are cases when a baby tooth may be in a person’s mouth for life. Read more at What To Expect…
From the above, it’s clear that neglecting dental care could lead to long-term dental problems for your child. Starting proper dental care as early as possible has real benefits.
Brushing your baby’s teeth is a crucial part of dental care. However, this is just the start and it is important to go a step further.
Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process. It removes food particles and plaque between teeth that brushing misses.
Advice to Parents:
Flossing should begin when 2 teeth touch, typically between 2 and 2½ years of age. Some children may only need a few back teeth flossed and others may need flossing between all their tight teeth, depending on dental spacing.
Children usually need assistance with flossing until they are 8 to 10 years of age.
Flossing tools, such as pre-threaded flossers or floss holders, may be helpful for children who are just learning how to floss. Read more at North Shore…
As with any preventive dental care activity, the earlier you start, the better. This contributes to creating an oral hygiene habit that your child is used to and can maintain throughout his or her life.
Speaking of dental care habits, we’ve looked at some of the good ones, but there are also some that are harmful and need to be corrected. This post has more:
Everyone knows that thumb sucking and pacifier use can negatively affect children’s teeth. But did you know that childhood dental caries are the number one chronic childhood illness? Habits your child has now could negatively affect his oral health and cost you return trips to the pediatric dentist.
“There’s a reason why it’s recommended that children have their first visit to a dentist by the age of 1, or after their first tooth erupts,” says Dr. Nanna Ariaban, and Alpharetta children’s dentist. “That’s because decay can set in even at this young age – in fact, it can be present even before the teeth even come in! Creating healthy habits, and breaking bad ones, is the key to long-lasting, positive oral health for children.” Read more at Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry…
Get your child on the right track when it comes to dental care. Take a moment now and make a check-up and cleaning appointment for them with Dague Dental Solutions. We offer top-notch pediatric dentistry services in a child-friendly environment. We will give your little one the care and attention they need to keep smiling brightly. Call us today at (563) 386-9770 or reach us through the contact form on our website and we’ll get back with you.