Your child will begin getting their baby teeth during the first 6 months of their life. By age 6 or 7, they’ll begin to lose their baby teeth and get their permanent teeth. Because of this well-known fact of life, many people share the common misconception that dental health within the first few years isn’t that important. However, this could not be further from the truth.
While your child will lose their baby teeth, poor dental habits during their first few years of life only lead to poor dental habits later. Additionally, while many parents consider baby teeth as something temporary that will be easily replaced later anyway, taking good care of them is vital as they play a very important role in a child’s overall health. Good healthy teeth enable proper eating/chewing and help maintain good nutrition. They allow for proper speech and pronunciation and in addition, help guide the eruption of permanent teeth.
The health of the temporary baby teeth will directly impact the health of the child’s gums, which in turn, affect how strong and healthy their permanent teeth are. Teaching & exercising healthy dental habits from the very beginning is a surefire way to ingrain these vital habits into your child’s oral health routine.
Talking to your child about their dental health will help encourage them to strive for healthy and strong baby teeth, healthy and strong gums, and later, healthy and strong adult teeth! Our dentist is trained in helping you and your child care for their developing oral health.
Schedule your child’s appointment with us today to meet our amazing dental team who will be delighted to provide the oral care that fits your child’s needs.