Ten Facts About Baby Teeth You Should Know (But Don’t!)

Everything You Need to Know About Baby Teeth

One of the most difficult times for parents with babies is when the baby starts teething. This painful experience for the baby means frustration and irritability for both child and parents.

It also means that new parents have to start thinking about how to care for their child’s baby teeth. Questions about dental health and dentist trips are sure to abound and aren’t always easy to answer without consulting a dentist.

The Best Pediatric Dentist Will Help You Care for Your Child’s Baby Teeth

Baby TeethIt is incredibly important to find a good dentist for children as pediatric dentists are specifically trained to perform dental services on children. This matters because it means that as a parent you’ll know that your child is getting the best care possible. It also means that your child is relaxed rather than stressed and nervous at the dentist.

At Sea of Smiles, we know how to handle and recognize such problems as dental development issues, orthodontic needs and treatment time, cavities and gum care for kids, and trauma or injury management. Our pediatric dentists are trained to help children understand the importance of their oral health.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Baby Teeth

Even once you have chosen a pediatric dentist there is still a lot to learn about your child’s baby teeth. How to properly care for them; what is normal and abnormal in baby teeth development; and when to take a child for that first trip to the dentist.

We’ve come up with a list of ten things you probably didn’t — but should — know about your child’s baby teeth.

  1. Usually, 20 baby teeth arrive within the first three years of your child’s life.
  2. Your baby’s teeth play a vital role in speech development.
  3. Your child’s first tooth may push through the gums as early as six months of age.
  4. Baby teeth are critical to the development of adult teeth. They provide spacing for permanent teeth as well as act as a location guide for when they grow in.
  5. A child typically loses molars and canines when they are aged nine through thirteen while incisors are the first to go between ages six and eight.
  6. Parents should start cleaning their babies’ teeth within the first few weeks!
  7. Use a moist washcloth or gauze to rub the gums to clean a baby’s teeth even before the first tooth has erupted.
  8. The first dentist visit should come after the first tooth starts to show or right before the first birthday.
  9. Baby teeth help your baby hold a smile.
  10. Baby teeth influence how adult teeth develop, so thumb-sucking, grinding, and even getting teeth knocked out as a child will influence dental health when their permanent teeth arrive.

Taking your child to the dentist for the first time comes sooner than expected, but it’s important to start looking for a pediatric dentist as soon as your child starts teething. The latest recommended age for a child’s first dentist appointment is a year old, but once your baby’s teeth erupt you should make a dental appointment.

While it’s tempting to make the appointment with your own dentist, your child will be far more comfortable with a specialized pediatric dentist office. Not only are pediatric dentists trained to work with children but the equipment they use is child-sized and far less frightening to your children.

At Sea of Smiles, we pride ourselves on providing the best pediatric dentist for your children in a child-friendly environment. Both of our kid’s dentist offices in Yardley (267-392-5878) and  Bensalem (215-433-1840) can provide excellent dental care for your children. If you’d like more information about Sea of Smiles please contact our offices today to schedule an appointment.