Dr. Dr. Michael Hall and our dental team understand that baby teeth can be a bit confusing at times, especially when it seems as though they just grow into place and then fall out. However, baby teeth are extremely important and necessary. To help you understand baby teeth a little bit more, our Smiles Dental team would like to share the following baby teeth facts:
Fact No. 1: Baby teeth are vital for a strong and successful oral health in the future. Not only do they help your child chew and speak, but they also hold space in the jaws for the permanent teeth. Without the baby teeth, the permanent teeth would not know where to go and they would grow into the smile in a crooked and misaligned manner.
Fact No. 2: Baby teeth are present in the jaws right when your child is born. However, the first tooth will not erupt until your child is about six months of age. Generally, the central incisor on the lower jaw is the first tooth to grow in. By the time your child is three years old, they will have a smile full of teeth.
Fact No. 3: You can soothe your child when they are teething by gently rubbing their gums with a clean finger or a small, cool spoon. Some other soothing techniques you can try include rubbing the gums with a cold, wet washcloth or by giving your child a teething ring to chew on.
Fact No. 4: Start an oral hygiene routine as soon as possible, even if your child doesn’t have any teeth. You can clean your child’s gums after each meal by wiping them with a washcloth. Once your child’s first tooth grows into place, brush it twice a day with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.
For more information and details about baby teeth in Lebanon, Oregon, please feel free to call 541.497.7970 today and talk to a member of our team. Your dentist will also be able to help you with any concerns if you schedule an appointment. We are happy to help you!