Are Baby Teeth Really That Important?
Your infant’s first teeth will begin to appear around six to twelve months of age. You might wonder how important these primary teeth really are. After all, baby teeth are destined to fall out within a few years and to be replaced by a dull set of permanent teeth. However, baby teeth have important functions, and proper care can set the stage for excellent oral and overall health.
Although baby teeth are inevitably going to fall out and be replaced by permanent ones, making baby teeth last serves an important role that can have benefits into the future. Baby teeth serve as placeholders for permanent teeth. If they have decay and fall out too soon, permanent teeth are more likely to grow in crooked.
How To Take Care of Baby Teeth.
Your baby’s primary teeth are already in his or her mouth at birth, they are just invisible because they have not broken through the gums. Since they are already present, your baby can get cavities if you don’t practice proper oral hygiene from the beginning.
- Don’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle in his or her mouth.
- Brush your child’s baby teeth twice a day or as soon as they come in.
- Floss your child’s teeth as soon as he or she has two teeth that touch.
- Visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry for your baby’s first checkup when the first tooth arrives.