So you’ve just had a baby, now what? Like all first time parents, the idea of now caring and providing for this little one for life can be daunting to think about. With such important things as their early developmental health and future college education fund to think about, the last thing you want to concern yourself with is their baby teeth. After all, won’t baby teeth just fall out soon enough anyways to where you don’t need to concern yourself too much with them? Wrong!
Despite popular belief, baby teeth are extremely important and should be cared for with the same consideration given adult teeth. Baby teeth actually serve a crucial role in the early development of your child’s long term oral health. They can help your child to develop clear speaking skills, learn to chew properly, and most importantly they hold a place so that at the right time an adult tooth can come in and take’s it’s place permanently in a healthy way. So don’t neglect your child’s baby teeth by viewing them as disposable teeth which don’t need proper care. You just may be sacrificing your child’s long term oral health as a by product!
Baby Teeth FAQ’s:
- Will thumb sucking or pacifiers hurt my baby’s teeth? As long as this habit doesn’t persist into when permanent teeth arrive then they should be fine.
- When should I first take my child to the dentist? You should first take your child to the dentist when their first tooth comes in or around the age of one. Whichever comes first.
- Can I brush my baby’s teeth? Yes, but don’t use toothpaste. Use a soft bristled toothbrush (there are many specifically designed for infants) and water before bed to get the plaque and bacteria off of their teeth.
- When can I start using toothpaste? At around the ages of two or three. Your dentist will help you with the exact timing based on your child’s development. Be sure to monitor your child at first to be sure they aren’t using too much toothpaste and accidentally swallowing it.
Check out this short video on baby brushing below:
In conclusion, if you take your child’s baby teeth seriously then the chances are that they will in turn take their permanent teeth seriously for the long term. After all, health and oral health is a matter of learned behavior for the most part. So set the right example and your child will follow!