If you’re interested in knowing more about baby teeth so you can help your child grow into the strong, successful, and beautiful smile they deserve, then Dr. Dr. Clint Guttman and our Smiles Dental team are more than happy to help you! We are pleased to provide the following facts to give you the information you need to succeed:
Fact No. 1: Baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth. In fact, they are extremely important because they help your child chew and speak. They also help your child’s permanent teeth grow into their proper positions because the baby teeth reserve spaces in the jaws for them.
Fact No. 2: All 20 of your child’s teeth are present at birth, but they are hidden under the gums. Typically, the first baby tooth, which is generally the central incisor on the lower jaw, appears when your child is around six months of age. Your child should have a full smile by the time they are three years old.
Fact No. 3: There are many things you can do to soothe a teething baby. One thing you can do is rub their gums with a clean finger, a cool spoon, or a wet washcloth. You can also give your child a teething ring to chew on.
Fact No. 4: It’s very important to practice good oral hygiene, even if your child doesn’t have teeth. After each meal, it’s recommended to wash the gums with a wet washcloth so the food particles and bacteria stay away. Once your child’s first tooth grows into place, it’s time to start brushing. It’s best to brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.
To learn more about baby teeth in Klamath Falls, Oregon, please feel free to call our office today at 541.887.3305. The sooner you call our team, the sooner we’ll be able to teach you more about baby teeth and your child’s oral health. If you have any concerns about your child’s smile, we also encourage you to schedule an appointment with the dentist. We are happy to help you!