Baby teeth play a very important role in helping your children develop healthy and beautiful smiles that will grow with them. In order for parents to keep their child’s teeth strong and healthy throughout childhood, they need to know some facts regarding baby teeth.
Baby Teeth Facts
Below are a few things for parents to know to keep their child’s teeth healthy:
Baby teeth set the stage for healthy bite patterns – Baby teeth play a very important role in developing a straight and healthy adolescent and adult bite. If baby teeth are lost too soon, the teeth can crowd the vacant spot, leading to future alignment problems
Baby tooth enamel is hard but vulnerable – Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body but is under constant attack by acids, sugars, and other external forces. Help strengthen your child’s tooth enamel strong by making sure they drink water and keeping them away from sugar and acids. Lastly, make sure your child brushes and flosses daily.
Baby teeth can be lost too early – Tooth loss usually begins around the age of 6 and concludes around 12. Variations are common, but if teeth are lost too soon, schedule a visit with our office to make sure your child’s teeth are healthy.
Baby teeth need proper nutrition – Helping your child maintain a healthy smile means helping your child maintain a healthy diet as well. Try to keep your child’s diet high in fiber, fruits, vegetables, and nutrients. Additionally, make sure your child is eating enough dairy products, which contain calcium and magnesium.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should have his or her first dental appointment by the age of one or the emergence of his or her first tooth. This will allow us to put together a dental health plan that works for each individual smile. This also helps your child get more comfortable in an oral healthcare environment at an early age.
To make an appointment for the whole family to receive a dental cleaning and a checkup, please contact Meadows Family Dental. Our office is located here in Castle Rock, Colorado.
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Dr. Preston Polson has been practicing dentistry for over 15 years. Dr. Polson received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado and completed a one-year Hospital based General Practice Residency in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Polson continues to receive advanced training in restorative, cosmetic, implant, and reconstructive dentistry in an effort to provide each patient with the highest quality dental care possible.