Are Baby Teeth Really That Important?

Your baby’s primary teeth will start to erupt between six and 12 months of age. Never de-value the importance of this first set. Although baby teeth are only in use for a few years, they serve a necessary function and require proper care.

Promote Better Nutrition

Baby teeth show up around the same time as your young child’s nutritional needs begin to change. By six months breastfeeding alone is no longer sufficient, and this is when solid food gets introduced.

Around 6-8 months, your youngster will learn to chew. Pureed or strained fruits and vegetables are good options. As more teeth appear and chewing ability progresses through the first year, you can slowly add bread, cereal, tender meats and other solid food to your baby’s balanced diet.

Increase the Life Expectancy of Baby Teeth

Primary teeth will fall out eventually as the adult teeth push through the gums. But in the meantime, your child needs them to eat properly and, to learn how to speak correctly. The first teeth also make way for adult teeth. If baby teeth are damaged, decayed, or fall out before their time, the permanent teeth may grow in crooked.

How to Take Care of Baby Teeth

Protect your infant’s oral health:

  • Never put your baby down to sleep with a bottle
  • Wipe your infant’s gums and brush baby teeth twice daily,
  • Once your child has two erupted teeth that touch, start flossing daily
  • Visit Toothworks for your baby’s first dental exam when the first tooth appears

All teeth are present in your infant’s mouth at birth, you just can’t seem. Each set of teeth will remain invisible until they break through the gums. But since both primary and permanent teeth are already formed, your baby can develop cavities if you don’t practice good dental care from the start.