Why healthy baby teeth are important

Many parents are under the impression that because baby teeth fall out, their health is not as important as permanent adult teeth. This assumption is far from true! Baby teeth play a key role in a child’s present and future oral health. They impact the alignment of permanent teeth, the development of facial bones and muscles, speech patterns, as well as nutrition and overall health.  

To ensure the health of your child’s teeth and establish good oral hygiene habits, follow these tips!  

  • Start caring for your child’s mouth early. Infants should have their gums and tongue wiped twice a day to remove bacteria.  
  • Don’t let your child go to bed with a bottle. Sweetened liquids will cling to your child’s teeth and lead to tooth decay. 
  • Find a dentist for your child within 6 months of the appearance of their first tooth or after the age of 1.  
  • Once baby teeth emerge, use age-appropriate toothbrushes and paste. Brush their teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss. 
  • Brush your teeth with your child to make the routine fun and demonstrate good brushing habits. 
  • Don’t opt out of x-rays when visiting the dentist! X-rays are a great tool for identifying oral health problems early. 

As a family dentist, Jackson Dental treats both adults and children, ages 1 and up. Call us today to schedule an exam, x-ray or cleaning for your little one at 573-243-5200.