Taking Care of Baby Teeth
A lot of parents ask: Why do I need to clean or get fillings on baby teeth? Won't they just fall out?
It might be tempting to skip flossing and brushing. When you have to wrestle pants onto tiny, temperamental people all day, brushing teeth seems like just one more aggravating chore. But research indicates that poor childhood oral health is a predictor for lifelong problems with tooth decay and gum disease.
Just like an adult, babies and children need their teeth to eat, speak and smile. Children with cavities find them just as painful as adults, and are unable to communicate as adults do. Moreover, baby teeth maintain space in the mouth for the permanent teeth. If a baby tooth falls out too early, other teeth might drift into the space. This can block permanent teeth and cause crooked tooth placement, which can affect proper oral and speech development and lead to the need for braces.
That's why it's important to start good oral hygiene habits early. Because it's hard to tell when teeth might come in, it's best to get into the habit of wiping your baby's gums with a soft, wet washcloth as part of your daily routine. Around six months, your child's first tooth will appear and you'll need to start brushing twice a day.
Make an appointment with your family dentist before your child's first birthday! To schedule a new patient appointment, contact Gates Family Dentistry at 503-682-2110.
Gates Family Dentistry
29990 Town Center Loop W
Wilsonville, OR 97070