Primary or baby teeth act as the base over which new and permanent teeth form and develop. Hence, it is important to maintain its health and vitality long before your new teeth set in. They also help to develop and gain dental health benefits into adulthood.
Importance of Primary Teeth
Many hold the false assumption that primary teeth wouldn't be of much use as they would eventually fall apart and new teeth would erupt. But in reality, your primary set of teeth has a crucial role to play for the development of adult teeth. They guide eruption of permanent teeth to its correct place and promote adequate space to accommodate new teeth.
Your Child's First Teeth
Children would generally experience an eruption of their first set of teeth between six and nine months. For some, they may arise as early as three months. Later, the two lower front teeth would erupt followed by the two upper ones. The molars would erupt next followed by the canines. It is important to gently wipe your infant's teeth after every feeding session using a wet gauze pad or a washcloth. Children must be assisted and trained to brush daily by the age of two. Children can start with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Your Child's First Dental Appointment
It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, that children have their first dental visit as early as their first birthday. This can help catch signs of cavities, tooth decay, and other developmental issues.
Pediatric Dental Treatment
We offer a variety of pediatric dental treatment for our patients to help repair and strengthen their teeth. Some of them are as follows:
Sealants are often recommended for children during their routine dental consultations with us. Sealants act as a protective coating that can be applied over the grooves of the chewing surfaces. This prevents accumulation of bacteria or food deposits on them. They are easy to apply and offer great protection.
Fluoride is an important element that can assure strength and durability of the teeth's enamel. Regular fluoride treatment can keep your child’s enamel resistant to decay.
Children active in sports can use a customized mouthguard to protect their teeth during outdoor activities.
Children may experience orthodontic problems such as malocclusions by the age of seven. Undergoing interceptive orthodontic treatment around this time can promote correct teeth movement and jaw growth, thereby eliminating the need for expensive treatment.
Be sure to get the best for your child’s dental needs by visiting our practice.