Some parents may not recognize the importance of baby teeth for jaw and speech development, and as holding spaces for the child’s eventual permanent teeth. If a child loses a baby tooth too early because of decay or accident, a permanent (adult) tooth can erupt prematurely and potentially come in crooked owing to the limited space available.
Remember, your child’s baby teeth are not immune to decay or injury, and in spite of their temporary nature they are of fundamental importance in chewing, speaking and speech development, as well as the healthy development of the child’s surrounding gums and permanent teeth. Fact is, a child’s baby (primary) teeth serve as the guides or pathway for their permanent teeth, functioning as sort of a “blueprint” for the adult teeth that will come after them. Usually, if a child has healthy, well-developed primary teeth, he or she will likely enjoy healthy, well-developed permanent teeth.
Baby or “primary” teeth, start erupting at about six months of age and will begin to be lost around the age of 5 or 6, with the final primary teeth being lost by the age of 12 or 13.
It is very important that your child’s primary teeth are kept healthy until they are lost naturally, because if they are lost too early because of accident or decay, a “space-maintainer” may be necessary to ensure sufficient room for the child’s permanent teeth when they eventually erupt.
As a parent, you can do a lot to reduce the possibility of tooth decay and save your child from the stress of cavity related dental treatments as they grow up. With the proper knowledge and care, your child can remain virtually cavity free. Good oral hygiene is essential to cavity prevention and teaching your child how to brush and floss properly is extremely important because it develops good oral habits that can last a lifetime. Remember that most children under the age of seven don’t usually have the manual dexterity to brush their teeth properly, so it’s important that you brush their teeth (again) after they’ve finished because tooth decay occurs faster in children than adults, and by gently re- brushing your child’s teeth you’ll be removing the plaque bacteria that causes decay.
“Baby teeth are not immune to decay or injury, and in spite of their temporary nature they are of fundamental importance in chewing, speaking and speech development.”
Here, at the Laurentian Dental Centre, we pride ourselves on looking after you and your children with the greatest possible care and attention to detail because we really do want to see our patients enjoy life, free from the trauma of dental problems. Our doctors and hygienists are here to provide you with the necessary advice and help required to achieve and maintain optimal dental health.
The ideal time for most children to start dental treatment is usually around age three. We’ve learned that when children discover that nothing unpleasant happens during their dental visit, they are eager to come back again.
The bottom line… with proper care, your children can grow up to be healthy, wonderfully well adjusted, dental patients, with beautiful, healthy teeth that would make any parent proud.
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