Baby teeth play an essential role in early child development, and the way baby teeth are cared for sets the stage for lifelong dental health through good dental habits.
Baby teeth aid children in the following:
- Help in the develop normal speech patterns when learning to talk
- Reserve jaw space for the eruptions of adult teeth later, which is why it’s important that baby teeth are not lost too early. An adult tooth can move into this space, as opposed to the correct space, which may lead to crooked teeth
- Help children chew and digest food
Through caring for baby teeth, children learn how to care for their adult teeth. While baby teeth are still in, this is the time to teach and reinforce good brushing and flossing habits.
Why Your Child’s Dentist Must Assess Baby Teeth
Baby teeth must be cared for by a dentist the same as adult teeth. Because baby teeth can be with your child for years, cavities can’t be ignored, and regular cleanings are crucial.
Baby teeth, even though they are not permanent, are susceptible to cavities and gums are always at risk for infection—painful infections. Gum infections can also cause premature bone loss.
When Should My Child Start Visiting the Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advises children to visit the dentist around their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth. It’s important for the dentist to note the way teeth are coming in and assess any potential issues.
At Wright Dental Center, we advise parents on the best way to care for a child’s teeth, and can even provide the best brushing techniques for optimal results. At our Cold Spring, KY dental office, we believe in establishing healthy habits early for children. We want your child to have healthy teeth for a lifetime.
Kid's Dentist in Cold Spring
If you would like to schedule your child’s first appointment, contact our dental office today!