Seeing your little angel’s first baby teeth pop out can be exciting and marks an important developmental milestone. It gives your little one new ways to speak, eat and smile, and it is of the essence to keep these teeth healthy. Here are three things every parent should know about baby teeth.
- Good dental health starts with milk teeth.
There is a misconception that baby teeth are not vital as they fall off. This could not be more false and is a dangerous thought process. Baby teeth help your child speak, eat and smile. Good dental health starts from childhood. Dentists recommend that you should begin cleaning your child’s teeth from the moment the first one comes in the mouth. Any infection of the baby teeth can affect the underlying permanent teeth and be a great source of pain and discomfort for your little one.
- They affect the growth of the jaw.
Yes! Baby teeth affect the growth of the jaw bones and guide the permanent teeth into their final erupting positions. If you neglect taking care of your child’s baby teeth, they may get dental cavities or gum diseases and lose their teeth. Early loss of baby teeth will retard the jawbone’s growth and make the baby susceptible to orthodontic misalignments.
- Your baby’s first dental visit
Your little angel’s little teeth deserve the utmost care as they form the foundation of their oral health. You must bring your baby to the dental clinic within six months of birth or when the first tooth erupts, whichever is earlier.
This visit will help you take better care of your child’s pearly whites and gives us a chance to ensure that everything is well. If you have any more questions, please connect with us at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants, and we will be there to assist you.