Teeth play a significant role in a child’s life. Baby teeth start to show when an infant is 6 to 12 months old, they fall out when a child is 6-12 years old, and then a set of permanent teeth grows in. Amid all of these changes, the baby tooth holds significant importance for lifelong dental health.
The Importance Of Baby Teeth
Baby teeth have three primary purposes:
- Help with chewing of food
- Assist with speaking
- Guide primary teeth into place
The last item is very important because baby teeth help the permanent teeth come in properly. Straight teeth are easier to clean, which results in good oral health.
How To Take Care Of Baby Teeth
Research shows that children who develop tooth decay in their baby teeth are more likely to have tooth decay as an adult. It is important to properly care for baby teeth because doing so will help establish good oral hygiene practices and because baby teeth hold the places for permanent teeth.
- Take your child to see the dentist for regular check-ups once baby teeth start to erupt.
- Brush your child’s teeth as soon as they show. Do so gently, with a rice-size amount of fluoride toothpaste on a child-size toothbrush.
- Continue to assist with brushing and teach your child how to do so. When they are between 3 and 6 years old, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Supervise your child’s brushing until you are sure they will not swallow the toothpaste, until they are about 7 years old.