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February is National Children's Dental Health Month so let's talk about baby teeth. Your baby's smile is absolutely precious; after all, they worked hard to cut those new teeth.

By age 3, your child will have 20 primary teeth which are important for their future dental health. Primary teeth are the placeholders in the jaws for permanent teeth which are growing underneath the baby teeth. If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, it can cause a shift in the placement setting causing future crooked teeth. Moreover, once a baby tooth has come in, it is susceptible to decay.

We recommend that you schedule your baby's first dental visit after their first tooth has appeared and before their first birthday. Together, we can help teach your child that brushing their teeth can be fun! For children 3 and under, use a soft child-sized toothbrush with a rice-kernel-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste to get started and for children 3 to 6 years old, increase the toothpaste amount to pea-sized. And though their teeth might not touch each other, introduce dental floss to their daily routine.

Remember the 2-2-2 rule: visit your dentist two times a year and brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes.

At Gates Family Dentistry of Wilsonville, we make you and your family a priority. Setting good dental routines for your child will have a positive impact for their future, and that is something to smile about.

Gates Family Dentistry

29990 Town Center Loop W

Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-2110

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