Did you know that although primary teeth, or baby teeth, are “temporary”, they play a very important role in the health of your child’s permanent teeth and health? That means providing proper dental care even before teeth erupt is vital to good oral care.
A baby’s 20 primary teeth begin forming before birth and can be impacted by the mother’s health and problems during pregnancy. The teeth begin to erupt between 6 months and 1 year. Most children have a full set of primary teeth by age 3. While every child is different, usually the teeth in the front top and bottom of the mouth emerge first.
When baby teeth begin to emerge, your child may experience some discomfort and you may notice some redness around the site of the newly emerging teeth. In most cases, the discomfort is minimal and can be managed by letting your baby chew on a cool teething ring or rubbing your clean finger across the gums. If the pain persists or seems unmanageable, it is important to consult your pediatric dentist or pediatrician.
Baby teeth are important to your child’s health and development. Not only are they important for chewing and getting proper nutrition, but they are also important to speech development and the healthy development of permanent teeth. The primary teeth hold a space for the permanent teeth already growing beneath the primary teeth and help ensure proper spacing.
Great oral care begins early. Even before the first primary tooth erupts, use a warm washcloth to clean the gums after each feeding. Visits to the pediatric dentist should begin soon after the first tooth emerges and should continue with regular visits every 3 to 6 months. As soon as teeth emerge, decay can occur.
Primary teeth can and do get cavities. Follow these tips for great oral care and to avoid cavities.
An early dental visit is a “well-baby checkup” for the primary teeth. Besides checking for cavities and other problems, the dentist will show you how to clean the child’s teeth properly, address habits like thumb sucking. If you are looking for a Children’s Dentist in the Inland Empire, call us today!