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Baby teeth are in fact, extremely important.

The first baby teeth, known as primary teeth, usually appear as early as 3-4 months of age, but really start to erupt through the gums between the ages of 6 months to one year of age. The timing all depends, and which ones come out first all depends, too, but all 20 primary teeth (baby teeth) will usually erupt by the age of three. Baby Teeth hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums

Baby teeth are also just as prone to cavities as adult teeth. In fact, more than 50 percent of children will be affected by tooth decay before the age five.* So you want to keep those cavities away to avoid an early loss of a tooth. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when it’s their turn to erupt.

How to Clean Baby Teeth

Good oral hygiene begins at birth. So it’s wise to get in the habit of cleaning your baby’s gums even before any primary teeth come in. Gently clean your baby’s gums after every feeding using a clean, damp washcloth or a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head made just for babies.

As soon as the first baby tooth arrives, you can start brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste. To brush baby teeth, use a small amount of non-fluoride toothpaste (sometimes called training toothpaste). Brush the front and back of your baby’s teeth, and lift your baby’s lips to make sure you get the gum line. You should brush your baby’s teeth twice a day.

When should a baby first see a Dentist?

Good habits start early. Schedule your child’s first dental visit shortly after the first tooth appears, and no later than your child’s first birthday.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Dr. Summer

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