Why Baby Teeth Matter
Through eating, speaking, and early chewing, children can either get off to a great start or show early signs of dental problems. The first teeth that develop in a child’s mouth help provide the framework for jaw bones and muscles, and eventually determine the placement of adult teeth and a comfortable oral structure. Teeth need to be lost at certain times to ensure proper oral health. If they last too long, they can decay and cause pain, abscesses, and infections which can spread to permanent teeth. Because some teeth don’t fully emerge until 14, it is very important to closely monitor your child’s progress, as well as bring them in for regular dental cleanings and checkups.
Oral hygiene and practices you teach your kids will last a lifetime in terms of oral health and structural strength. Early introduction to the importance of brushing and flossing makes the habit much more solidified as they enter their teens.
Should Baby Teeth Be Treated the Same as Adult Teeth?
There are some variations in how children should practice oral care, and it varies based on their age and oral progress. For one, dental care begins before teeth even emerge. Wiping the baby’s gums is crucial to avoiding future decay, then transitioning to brushing visible, emerging teeth with a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste.
When children reach the ages of 2,3, and 4, the amount of toothpaste used should increase to around 1/8th of an inch in diameter. It is crucial at this point to also encourage your child to brush their own teeth, to slowly start creating a habitual routine.
What Dental Problems Can Occur in Children?
Even with brand new teeth, problems can emerge for a variety of reasons. Because of this, regular trips to the dentist as soon as teeth start emerging are crucial to ensuring healthy mouths for little ones. Healthy teeth aid in eating, speaking, and overall health, so be sure to look for signs of the following in your children:
- Tooth Decay -This can occur at an early age by a child sucking on a bottle or other objects too often. Be sure to monitor this, and ensure the action is not overdone
- Gum Disease -Inflammation of the gums can occur as soon as a child enters their first year of life. Make sure to consistently wipe the gums to keep them clean from the get go.
- Oral Habits -If a child starts grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw at a young age, this can become a habit which they may struggle to break as they age.
Does My Child Need to Visit the Dentist?
Like adult teeth, baby teeth and your child’s oral health need attention from professionals to ensure no harm comes to their mouths. At Lifetime Dental Excellence, we offer preventative care with the same kindness and knowledge we extend to adults. We are happy to start treating your child from a young age, and utilizing our child-friendly services that include cleanings and sealants to ensure healthy teeth.
How should I prepare my child for his or her first visit?
Many parents worry about their children’s experience at the dentist. We suggest that you help explain to your child what will happen during their visit, as well as encourage them to ask questions to you or us.
A visit to our office is designed to be welcoming and fun for young patients. A lot of parents and kids are surprised to have such a positive first visit when coming to Lifetime Dental Excellence.
Our office is the top choice for Clawson, Royal Oak, Troy, Madison Heights, Berkley, Birmingham, Huntington Woods, and surrounding areas. Avoid long trips to the dentist that can increase anxiety about the visit for your children and come see us.
Feel free to give us a call at (248) 602-2522 if you have any questions or concerns. Plus, feel free to come by and show your child the office so they get to know their new dental care provider in a safe and inviting manner.