To help you know a little more about baby teeth so you can give your child the top-notch oral health they deserve, our Smiles Dental team has some helpful facts for you! Here are four facts that you may not have known, but by learning them now you can finally help your child have the beautiful and healthy smile they deserve:
Fact No. 1: Baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth. They help children chew and speak, and they also hold a place in the jaws for the permanent teeth. Without the baby teeth, the permanent teeth would not know where to grow and they would drift out of place, creating a crooked smile.
Fact No. 2: Baby teeth are already present in the jaws at birth, but they erupt from the gums around six months of age. By the time your child is three years old, they will have an entire smile full of teeth.
Fact No. 3: When your baby is teething, it’s best to gently rub your child’s gums with a clean finger or a small, cool spoon. You can also try to soothe your child by giving them a teething ring or by placing a wet washcloth over the gums.
Fact No. 4: You can start on oral hygiene right when your baby is born. Clean your child’s gums with a washcloth after each meal. Once your child’s first tooth grows into place, start brushing it twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.
If you would like to learn more about baby teeth in Ridgefield, Washington, please feel free to call 360.727.6976 today and talk to your dentist, Dr. Ken Killpack, or a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to give you the information you need so you can finally understand baby teeth!