26 Dec Teeth and Gum Care for Baby
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Everyone knows dental care is important for children and adults, but what about baby teeth? Dentists tell us that teeth and gum care should begin even before the first baby tooth appears.
Why Healthy Baby Teeth Are Important
It’s important to keep baby teeth clean and healthy because:
- Baby teeth hold spaces open for the permanent teeth to come in.
Baby teeth help to:
Form the shape of your child’s face.
- Make it easier for your child to talk more clearly.
- Make chewing and eating easier.
- Tooth decay can result when baby teeth are not cared for. Tooth decay causes:
- Pain and discomfort.
- Infections that can affect the child’s total health.
- Need for costly dental care.
- Damage to the underlying permanent teeth.
- Missing school or needing emergency care.
- Loss of the space needed for permanent teeth to come in.
How Many Teeth and When?
- The first teeth are already present inside your child’s jaws at birth.
- Usually by 6 months, the first tooth will appear in the mouth (Picture 1).
- Your child has 20 teeth by the time he or she is 2 1/2 to 3 years of age.
- The front teeth fall out between 6 and 7 years of age. The back teeth (those used for chewing) don’t fall out until the child is 10 or 12 years of age.
- To keep the teeth healthy, it’s very important to care for the baby’s gums and teeth even before they appear in the mouth.