By Dr. Howard
December 17, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Children's Teeth  

Your dentist in 20024 shares how to properly care for your child’s baby teeth.


By about the six-month marker, you child will start developing those cute little baby teeth. By the time your child is three, he or she will most likely have all 20 baby teeth, saying goodbye to those snaggle-toothed smiles. While baby teeth are certainly not forever, it doesn’t make them any less vital to your child’s oral health.

What is the importance of baby teeth?

  • They help children chew food easily
  • They help children speak
  • They hold the space for where permanent teeth will eventually grow in

Also, baby teeth are just as likely to develop cavities as permanent teeth, so it’s important to keep them healthy to avoid premature tooth loss in your child.

What happens if my child loses a baby tooth too early?

The most common issue that occurs is that permanent teeth will begin to take over the empty space left behind by the baby tooth, which will make it more challenging for the other permanent teeth to find room in your child’s mouth when they erupt. This can often lead to serious overcrowding and crooked smiles, which will later need to be fixed by orthodontics.

What can I do to keep my child’s baby teeth healthy?

Adopting good oral hygiene is key to maintaining your child’s healthy smile. The minute your child is born, you should be focused on his or her oral hygiene, even if there are no teeth present.

Also, schedule your child’s first dental visit after the first tooth erupts (or no later than your child’s first birthday). The first dental appointment is crucial to maintaining good oral health. At your child’s visit we can pinpoint problem areas and decay early on before it causes tooth loss.

How do I clean my baby’s teeth?

At-home cleanings should begin right away. After feedings, use a damp cloth to wipe your baby’s gums. You may also opt for a toothbrush that’s designed specially for babies.

When the first baby teeth erupt, you will want to brush them with a toothbrush and a very tiny amount of non-fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to brush not just your child’s teeth but also the gum line. Brushings should happen twice a day, just like with adults.

If it’s time for your child’s first dental appointment in 20024, call us right away to schedule a visit for your little one. The sooner you can make the dentist a regular part of your child’s life, the better!