How to Properly Care For Your Child’s Baby Teeth

Good oral hygiene is important not only for adults but also for children. Even children as young as 9 months. I know that typically parents do not see the importance in caring for baby teeth that are going to fall out regardless of the level of care they are provided, but baby teeth are incredibly important to the development of their permanent teeth. If baby teeth are lost

prematurely more space is created for the permanent teeth when they come in because the baby teeth reserve specific amounts of space in the jaw for permanent teeth. Therefore, it is possible or even likely that the permanent teeth will develop into this extra space and cause crowding. ​

The first set of teeth will appear around the 6-month mark for most babies. The American Dental Association recommends when they have their first birthday you should set an appointment with a dentist for a check up. The dentist will look for any possible problems, cavities, and will reassure you of the general good health of the child. Keep in mind parents that decay can begin as soon as the first tooth appears. For children less than 3 years, you should brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste using the size of a grain of rice. For ages 3 to 6 years you should use the same fluoride toothpaste but with a pea sized amount. Reminding the child to try not to swallow the toothpaste. Once two teeth are in that touching then the child should start flossing daily.

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Our after-hours telephone number is 843.873.7326 If you have a dental emergency, please call our after-hours telephone number and follow the instructions on our out-going message. Please note that medications will only be prescribed for patients who have recently been seen in our office. Recommendations for care for certain emergency situations, such as what to do if your tooth is knocked out, are available on our website. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room.

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