It’s easy to believe that because baby teeth eventually fall out, they’re not as important as permanent teeth and don’t require as much care. However, your baby’s first teeth are very important to their development and future oral health.
The Purpose They Serve
Primary teeth allow your baby to bite and chew food. They also help with speech development. What you can’t see is that these little pearly whites are essential for proper growth and emergence of adult teeth. A baby tooth that falls out prematurely may lead to the adult replacement not coming up where it’s supposed to, causing placement issues for future teeth as well. In addition, poor oral health affects overall physical health.
How to Take Care of Them
Because baby teeth are so important, you need to take care of them. Follow these tips for your baby to have a healthy mouth:
- Clean your baby’s gums with a damp cloth or soft toothbrush. Use training toothpaste to clean teeth.
- Don’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle. The fluid pools in the mouth, leading to cavities and decay.
- Take your baby to the dentist when the first tooth pops out or before your baby turns one.
To speak with a pediatric dentist about keeping your baby’s smile healthy, contact Bay Pediatric Dentistry today.