Risks of Not Caring for Children’s Teeth

It can be easy to assume that your child’s baby teeth do not need the same care as yours, because they are going to fall out anyway. However, this theory should be dismissed.

Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Baby teeth will start to appear around 3 months of age and will finish appearing by the age of 3. These teeth are setting the groundwork for those adult teeth to appear.

  • Your child will learn to chew food with their baby teeth.
  • Baby teeth will help your child speak more clearly, so you can understand them.
  • Baby teeth are reserving a place for those adult teeth.
  • Baby teeth can, and often do, get cavities.

If baby teeth are not cared for properly, you run the risk of requiring more dental work than necessary on adult teeth. For example, if baby teeth fall out too early, adult teeth may not break through the gums correctly. This will ensure that you’ll be spending a great deal of time at the dentist and orthodontist to correct the problem.

Keep Those Baby Teeth Healthy

Therefore, don’t put your child’s baby teeth at risk for future dental problems. Instead, do what you can to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and baby teeth from falling out too early.

1. Bottle Mouth: It may be nice to give your child a bottle at nap time. However, if your child falls asleep with this in their mouth, the sugars will coat the teeth, accelerating the tooth decay process. Baby teeth will become pitted, discolored, and may even develop cavities. Eliminating this habit will ensure that your child have strong baby teeth.
2. Thumb Sucking : Thumb sucking is a great way for babies to soothe themselves. However, as permanent teeth appear, this habit can be very worrisome. Crooked teeth and bite prob-lems, along with, jaw misalignment can all occur with thumb sucking. You and your dentist can work together to help your child stop sucking their thumb.
3. Diet: Sugar is an enemy to baby and adult teeth. Therefore, opt for a well-balanced diet for your child.

Your children will be more likely to continue good oral hygiene habits when they are instilled at an early age.