Just because baby teeth are temporary doesn’t mean that they’re not important! In fact, baby teeth play a critical role in your child’s oral health development.
Storybook Smiles is equipped to address the unique needs of younger patients — including caring for their baby teeth. In this blog post, we’ll explore the role of baby teeth and how to best care for them.
The Importance of Baby Teeth
Your child’s baby teeth are their very first teeth. These early teeth allow your child to eat and learn how to express themselves. They also serve as placeholders for their adult teeth to grow in properly.
Keep your child’s baby teeth healthy and clean until they are ready to brush their teeth independently. Healthy teeth will also contribute to strong and healthy gums, which will be needed to support their future adult teeth.
How to Care for Baby Teeth
As soon as your child has their first tooth, schedule their first dental checkup at Storybook Smiles so we can start evaluating their growth. We can also answer any questions you may have about their oral health. Another benefit of early childhood dental visits is a reduced risk of developing dental anxiety or fear.
Brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Begin daily flossing as soon as your child has two teeth touching. When your child is three years old, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Provide your child with a balanced and nutritious diet. Teach them to drink plenty of water and to consume sugary treats in moderation. Smart dietary choices will reduce their risk of decay and cavities!
Comprehensive Children’s Dentistry in Tyler, TX
We strive to accommodate families of all budgets, which is why we offer a variety of financial options. We also believe in transparency, so we will always provide you with a breakdown of the costs before beginning treatment.
Contact us today to schedule your child’s appointment!