Healthy baby teeth are essential to the proper development of children's mouths. Take care of your child's baby teeth now to help prevent the need for braces later on.
Baby teeth are extremely important to children’s health and development in many ways. Baby teeth allow children to eat and digest their food properly, and to speak properly too. For these reasons alone, taking good care of children's baby teeth should be a top priority for parents.
Baby teeth also play an important role in another area, however: the growth pattern of the permanent teeth. Because they function as place holders and guides for the permanent teeth as they erupt, healthy baby teeth are an important factor when it comes to whether or not a child will eventually need orthodontic treatment.
If decay or damage causes baby teeth to fall out too early, the permanent teeth may erupt in the wrong positions. This is why good oral hygiene and thorough brushing and flossing are just as important when your child has his or her baby teeth as it is when the permanent teeth come in.
It’s never too early to start your child’s oral hygiene routine!
As soon as your child's primary teeth start coming in, you should get into the routine of cleaning them on a regular basis. The oral hygiene routine can start even earlier than that: wiping your baby's gums with a damp cloth after meals can help reduce bacteria. And of course, teaching your child to brush and floss should start as early as possible, too.
If you child’s baby teeth do end up falling out too early, a dentist or orthodontist can prescribe a space maintainer to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting into the wrong positions. That way, emerging permanent teeth will still have the necessary structure in place to grow in where they should.