Watching your child develop baby teeth can be an exciting time, aside from wishing your little one didn’t have to go through the discomfort! But a new baby tooth is a milestone in your child’s development.
The Role Baby Teeth Play
When it comes to caring for baby teeth, many parents are unaware of the critical role these adorable little teeth play. After all, they are just going to fall out anyway, right?
The fact is that your child’s baby teeth are every bit as important as the adult teeth that will follow. Healthy baby teeth allow your child to eat and maintain proper nutrition and also promote clear pronunciation and good speech habits. Equally important, primary teeth also guide erupting adult teeth into proper position.
If a primary tooth has an untreated cavity and is lost, a space maintainer may be required to hold the natural space open. Otherwise, surrounding teeth start to drift into the space and create misalignment of permanent teeth.
Protecting Your Child’s Oral Health
Despite education and increased public awareness, cavities are still the most common chronic childhood illness in kids between 6 and 11. The American Dental Association recommends that you start bringing your child to the dentist around the age of six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than one year of age.
At that time, your Metairie children’s dentist will explain how to care for your child’s teeth and answer your questions. At home, you can assist your child by cleaning their teeth and gums when they are infants and later helping them learn how to brush. Be sure to provide healthy, balanced meals and never let your child fall asleep with a juice-filled bottle.
Call the Metairie Children’s Dentist to Learn More
The team at Oak Family Dental loves treating children and giving them the best possible start for healthy smiles that last a lifetime. If it’s time for your child’s first visit or you would just like more information, please call us to arrange a convenient appointment.