Have you ever wondered why it’s necessary to get a filling in a child’s primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, if they are going to fall out anyway? Some parents have this thought, and it’s important that you know that taking care of their primary teeth is just as important as protecting their permanent ones.
Did you know the most chronic disease in children is cavities? Even though your child may brush and floss daily, they might not be brushing as properly as an adult would or using the right amount of toothpaste. Also, consuming sugary foods and drinks contributes to tooth decay because bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugar and leave behind an acid that eats away at the tooth’s enamel. How can you help your child fight tooth decay?
Even though baby teeth do fall out, it’s still important to care for them, as they are critical to your child’s dental health and development of their permanent teeth. As soon as the first tooth erupts, or breaks through the gum, you can begin setting good oral health habits. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child visit a dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth, or as many people call them, baby teeth, begin to grow around 6 months of age. Daily cleaning and regular dental checkups will set your child up for a lifetime of good oral health.