Many parents are unaware that their child is born with a full set of teeth below the gums. These teeth are known as the baby teeth, and even though they are lost in the later years to make room for permanent adult teeth, they still play a significant role in one’s health and development. New York, NY area parents who are interested in caring for these teeth and setting a foundation for healthy smiles for life will want to bring their child into a pediatric dentist as soon as the first teeth erupt, or by the child’s first birthday.
Why are the baby teeth important?
Just because these teeth will fall out on their own in a few years, they still need to be maintained properly as they will help your baby and toddler speak, smile, and chew. They also act as space holders in the jaw to save room for the permanent teeth that will arrive later. Problems with baby teeth may include infection, pain, cavities, and even crooked teeth in adulthood. By setting the foundation now, many parents can help their children enjoy healthy smiles for life!
Tips for caring for the baby teeth
Below are a few recommendations from the team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics regarding your child’s first set of teeth:
- Even before the first teeth come in, be sure to wipe your baby’s gums with a warm, wet cloth after every meal to wipe away formula or breastmilk
- Introduce your child to a toothbrush within the first year, and use a very small amount of toothpaste to get them started
- Help your child in brushing and flossing their teeth independently by the time they are seven years old
- Use toothpastes that include fluoride, but make sure your child does not swallow it
- Schedule your child’s first exam by their first birthday, and maintain these appointments every six months into adulthood
Need more information to ensure your child has the right foundation for oral health?
Contact Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics to schedule a consultation visit with your child. Our New York, NY area practice is located at 800A Fifth Avenue, Suite #303 and accepts new and returning patients that call (212) 879-6518 for an appointment.