In order to give your child the strong, healthy, and beautiful smile he or she deserves, you need to know some important information about baby teeth. The more you know about baby teeth and how to take care of them, the better. Dr. Patty Martin and our dental team at Stone Creek Dental Care in Walla Walla are happy to provide the following facts to help you take great care of your child’s smile:
Fact # 1: Your child’s baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, are just as important as permanent teeth. They can help your child speak and chew and they can also help the adult teeth grow into place. Without the baby teeth, the permanent teeth would grow into the smile in a crooked and improper manner.
Fact # 2: Your child’s baby teeth are hidden under the gums at birth, and the first tooth (which is generally the central incisor on the lower jaw) should erupt after your child is six months old. By the time your child is three years old, they should have a full smile.
Fact # 3: Teething is a painful but important time in your child’s life. To help you help your child, we recommend soothing your child by rubbing their gums with a clean finger, a cool spoon, or a wet washcloth. You can also give your child a teething ring to chew on.
Fact # 4: Oral hygiene is very important, even when your child does not have teeth. So, please wipe your child’s gums with a wet washcloth after each feeding. When your child’s first tooth grows into place, it’s time to start brushing. Brush the tooth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.
To learn more about oral care for your children, please remember that you can always call 509-525-5902 and talk to a member of our team. We have all of the information you need, so please don’t hesitate to give us a ring. We are more than happy to help you!