Baby Teeth Will Fall Out. Why Should I Care for Them?

January 10, 2020

"Do I really need to worry about my child's baby teeth? They're going to fall out soon anyway." 

This is one of the most commonly asked questions we get here at Sky Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Michael Park's answer is always the same: 

Yes, you need to take care of baby teeth because they play a crucial role in your child's oral health. Here's how and why. 

Why It's Crucial to Take Care of Baby Teeth 

Your little one's teeth may be temporary, but their effects on your child's oral health and general development are long-lasting. 

Baby teeth hold the space for permanent teeth, ensuring they grow in the correct position. If your child would lose a baby tooth too early because of decay, for example, the other teeth can shift into the empty space, potentially causing issues with crowding or misalignment for the permanent teeth.

But, baby teeth play an important role in your child's proper development too. They help your child pronounce sounds and words correctly. Premature loss of baby teeth can lead to speech difficulties and impediments. 

Can Baby Teeth Get Cavities? 

Yes, kids can get cavities on their primary teeth too. One CDC report found that about 25% of children aged 5-11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. 

A lot of parents assume that just because baby teeth are only temporary, they can't decay. But, their teeth are in many ways like ours. Poor oral hygiene, for example, can lead to bacteria buildup. As the bacteria feed on the food particles left on their teeth, they release acids that damage the enamel, leading to cavities. 

Tips to Keep Your Child's Teeth Healthy 

If we managed to convince you that baby teeth are important and are now wondering how you can make sure your child's pearly whites stay healthy, here are some simple tips you can start implementing today: 

  • You can start cleaning your child's mouth even before their teeth come in. Wipe the gums off after each feeding with a clean, wet washcloth to remove any milk residue. 
  • Once your child gets their first teeth, you can start brushing them twice a day. Talk with your dentist and ask them if it's OK to use fluoride toothpaste. 
  • You can start flossing once your child has two teeth that touch each other. 
  • Children learn best by imitating us. Tell them about the importance of good oral hygiene and make sure they see you brushing your teeth every morning and night. 
  • Limit your child's intake of sweets and opt for healthier options like fruits and vegetables.

Looking for the Best Dentist for Your Child? 

At Sky Pediatric Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental treatment in a friendly and fun environment for your child. So, you can rest assured that they will have a positive experience while Dr. Michael Park takes care of their teeth. 

Contact us now to book your kid's appointment.

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