We all have them, and we all lose them. The first baby tooth coming in and the first baby tooth falling out are both important milestones in a child’s development. Here are some interesting facts you might not have known about baby teeth and some things you should be aware of to keep your child’s smile healthy.
- Placeholders For Permanent Teeth
- Prompt For First Dental Appointment
- The Possibility of Cavities
- The Chance of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
- The Timeline of Baby Teeth
Yes, baby teeth eventually fall out, but just because they’re not permanent doesn’t mean they’re unimportant! They actually serve a vital purpose. Baby teeth are like little placeholders for where adult teeth should come in. That’s why if a child loses one or more of their baby teeth too early it could result in crooked or crowded teeth. This is because the permanent teeth may come in incorrectly or get in the way of another tooth coming in properly without the baby teeth to guide alignment.
Many parents wonder when they should bring their child in for their first-ever dental appointment. Here’s an easy way to remember, first visit with the first tooth! After your child’s first baby tooth comes in, you should schedule an appointment for them at our office. We recommend you do this by their first birthday. At this check-up, you can also get instructions to ensure your child has great oral health with proper teeth-cleaning techniques. You’ll also set a routine that will get your child used to visiting the dentist for regular visits and professional cleanings beginning at a young age.
Baby teeth are little but they are still susceptible to cavities. It’s important to keep this in mind so that you can remember to properly clean your child’s teeth. A baby tooth with a cavity will eventually fall out, but you shouldn’t just wait for that to happen to handle the problem. The cavity could worsen and end up causing your child pain. Getting a tooth pulled out early is something we want to avoid. As mentioned before, we don’t want to get rid of baby teeth early because we need them to guide adult teeth!
Speaking of cavities, there’s a condition called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, which is really early cavities. This can occur when your baby’s teeth are exposed to drinks with sugar for a prolonged period of time. For example, when a baby is sucking on a bottle when they’re being put to bed. To avoid this from happening, don’t fill your child’s bottle with drinks like juice or sugar water, and definitely not soda. Make sure they finish their bottles before bedtime.
Baby teeth start coming in around six months of age. Interestingly, they normally follow a pattern of how they come in. The first ones to erupt are normally the two bottom front teeth. That’s often followed by the top central teeth then the incisors on either side of those. Next come the incisors on either side of the bottom central teeth. And then it’s the first molars, then the canines, and finally the second molars.
We Care About Kids’ Teeth Too
At Helotes Family Dentistry, we don’t just provide dental care for adults—we also offer kids’ dentistry! We have lots of kid-friendly amenities and our team knows how to adjust our care to fit the unique needs of children. So if you need any tips about looking after your child’s teeth or you need to set your kid up with a dental appointment, we’re there for you. Just reach out to our office by phone or email to get going!Contact Us