Children begin to get their baby teeth during the first 6 months of life. By age 6 or 7 years, they start to lose their first set of teeth, which eventually are replaced by the permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, children can possibly face oral decay and disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications.
The primary, first or “baby,” teeth play a crucial role in dental development. Without them, a child cannot chew food properly and has difficulty to start speaking clearly. Also primary teeth are vital to development of the jaws and for guiding the permanent.
As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, looking for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay.
Brushing can be fun, and your child should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste.
Don’t give your baby any sort of sweetened liquids such as flavoured drinks or soda. Remember that even the sugars present in fruit juice, formula, and milk can cause decay. Also, make sure your baby never goes to bed with a bottle; sugary liquids in prolonged contact with teeth are a guarantee for early-childhood decay, also called baby-bottle caries.
Pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. At Muswell Hill smile we look after your child from the apparition of the first baby tooth, make an appointment to visit our dentist who will advise you more on how to take care of the mouth of your little angel.
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