Your child’s baby teeth are important to his or her development. These teeth help them chew, speak, and smile. The primary teeth also hold the place for the permanent teeth to grow in. The health of the baby teeth is important because when one is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the space. This can cause the permanent teeth to come in crooked.
When your child’s teeth begin to grow in, their gums may become sore. Soothe your child by rubbing their gums with a clean finger, a cool spoon, or a wet gauze pad. Another option is giving your child a teething toy to chew on.
It is important that you take care of your baby’s oral cavity. Before their teeth come in, clean your baby’s gums with a soft, moistened washcloth or a piece of gauze at least twice a day. Make sure to wipe your baby’s gums after they eat and before bedtime. When your baby’s teeth begin go grow in, begin using a toothbrush with soft bristles, a small head, and a large handle. As soon as the teeth erupt, use a small amount of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice, to clean his or her teeth. Increase the toothpaste amount to about the size of a pea when he or she is about three years old. Brush your child’s teeth until he or she is old enough to hold their toothbrush and brush their teeth themselves. Supervise your child’s oral hygiene until he or she can rinse and spit without help.
To learn more about baby teeth in Brigham City, Utah, and contact our office today. Schedule your child’s first appointment with our dentist, Dr. Jody W. Adams, when he or she is about a year old.