Baby teeth are the first set of teeth in the growth and development of your child. They are very important to your child’s health and development.They help the child chew, speak and smile. They maintain space for the adult teeth and guide them into the correct position, and also allow normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Baby teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. Neglected baby teeth often lead to dental problems which can affect development of adult teeth. That’s why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.
The first baby tooth erupts as early as 4 months of age, and the remaining of baby teeth (total 20 baby teeth) continue to erupt until the age of 3. Starting at birth, our dentists recommend parents to clean your baby gum with a soft cloth and water at least once a day. As soon as first baby teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice a day with a soft bristle toothbrush and a small smear of toothpaste. As the child becomes older, encourage them to brush themselves, but still do a final brush for them when they have finished. Children fluoride toothpaste is recommended and make sure he/she does not swallow any excess toothpaste. Our dentists advise parents to supervise brushing until they are old enough to do a good job on their own.
If you have any questions relating to how to look after your children’s teeth, please contact Greenland Dental Burpengary on (07) 38880922.