Did you know that babies are born with a full set of primary teeth below their gums? Those teeth play a big role in their health and development. Our Omaha family dentists want to go over some baby teeth basics that will help your little one enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.
Why Baby Teeth Are Important
It may be tempting to overlook baby teeth because they will fall out in a few years. However, baby teeth are very important, since they will help your child speak, chew, and smile. They also reserve space in the jaw for their permanent replacements. Not only can problems with baby teeth cause pain and infections, but they can even lead to a crooked smile in adulthood.
At-Home Dental Hygiene for Babies and Children
Your baby’s oral health matters from the beginning. Fortunately, taking care of their teeth and gums isn’t difficult. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Starting a few days after birth, you should begin to use a damp cloth to clean your baby’s tongue and gums. A clean and moist gauze pad also works well.
- Decay can occur as soon as teeth erupt in the mouth. Start brushing them right away with a smear of fluoride toothpaste. Continue this routine until your child turns three.
- At age three, you can upgrade to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Supervise your child when they brush to ensure that they are using the right technique. Let them know not to swallow the toothpaste.
Your Kid’s First Dental Visit
You should schedule a dental visit after your child’s first tooth comes in. It generally happens between four to six months of age. However, every kid is different. If your kid has no visible teeth by their first birthday, it’s time to come in for an appointment.
Our team cares about the health and beauty of your child’s smile. We are committed to providing a comfortable environment and educating them about good dental care. That’s how we’ve earned Omaha Magazine’s “Best Family Dentist” award for 14 years running!
Need More Information?
Do you have questions about baby teeth? Are you looking to schedule a dental visit for your child? If so, please call Hillsborough: 402-307-6227, Village Pointe: 402-505-7474, Ralston Square: 402-307-6215, or Dundee: 402-307-6220 to speak with one of our friendly team members in Omaha, Nebraska.