Many parents overlook the importance of their child’s teeth, especially their baby teeth (also called primary teeth). Some parents do not realize teeth serve functions other than biting and chewing.
Your baby’s teeth perform the following functions:
- Help provide nutrition
- Help make speech possible
- Aid in the normal development of the jaw bones and facial muscles
- Add to an attractive appearance
- Reserve space for the permanent teeth and help guide them into position
Without healthy, reasonably well-aligned teeth, your child may have difficulty chewing and may not be able to eat a well-balanced diet. If your child’s mouth is sore because of cavities, loose teeth, or sore gums, she may refuse to eat.
How to Care for your Baby’s Teeth
The baby teeth begin to erupt at about age 6 months and continue until about age 24 months at which time all 20 of the baby teeth should be in place.
Dental decay is among the most common diseases affecting children, and it is the most preventable. Caries in the primary teeth must be taken care of to relieve your child’s pain and to help maintain the teeth until they are ready to be replaced by the permanent teeth. The child can have inflamed and bleeding gums if she has deposits in her teeth which should be carefully cleaned by a dentist by scaling. Untreated gum disease or dental decay in primary teeth can lead to infection or other problems that may affect the permanent teeth.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Catch decay at an early stage
Apply pit and fissure sealants to arrest caries
Apply fluoride varnish for early cavities
Feed your child a well-balanced diet low in sugars
Teach your child to brush after meals and use correct brushing method
Visit the dentist at regular intervals to prevent any unwarranted pain your little one has to go through