Baby teeth 101

When most babies are born, they usually have twenty baby teeth that will start coming through the gums at six months. By the time the child is three, all teeth should be visible. Throughout childhood, the teeth will then fall out so they can be replaced with permanent teeth. Here are some facts about baby teeth.

Gaps between teeth

Putting the cuteness factor aside, parents often get concerned about any gaps between the child’s baby teeth. Before getting worried about future orthodontic views, know that gaps between baby teeth are normal. The gaps make room for the permanent teeth when they come in.

Start dental care early

Baby teeth need to be taken care of just like permanent teeth. If they get decayed and fall out unnaturally, the permanent tooth that will replace it may grow in crooked, since it has no guidance from a predecessor.

In fact, baby teeth are so important that dentists recommend taking children to the dentist as soon as the first tooth appears or by their first birthday. This is so dental care can be encouraged at an early age and to detect problems with the teeth before they get out of hand.

Help your baby feel comfortable

When baby teeth first start coming in, a baby’s gums can be sore and uncomfortable. This can be alleviated by gently rubbing a cool cloth or a clean finger over the gums.

Understanding baby teeth and how important they are to the future development of your child’s teeth is a first step towards seeing that your child gets the best dental care possible. Follow through with good dental hygiene at home in order to ensure healthy teeth as your child grows up.