Children’s Dentistry: Baby Teeth Facts

If you’re interested in knowing more about baby teeth, then Dr. Michelle Metcalf and our Smiles Dental team are more than happy to help you! We have all of the information you need so you can take great care of your child’s smile. Some facts we would like to share include:

Fact No. 1: Baby teeth are vital for a strong and successful oral health in the future. Not only do they help your child chew and speak, but they also hold space in the jaws for the permanent teeth. Without the baby teeth, the permanent teeth would not know where to go and they would grow into the smile in a crooked and misaligned manner.

Fact No. 2: The baby teeth are hidden under the gums when the baby is born, and the first one will erupt around the time your child turns six months old. The first tooth to arrive is generally the central incisor on the lower jaw. Your child will have a full smile by the time they are three years old.

Fact No. 3: Teething is a painful but important time in your child’s life. To help you help your child, we recommend soothing your child by rubbing their gums with a clean finger, a cool spoon, or a wet washcloth. You can also give your child a teething ring to chew on.

Fact No. 4: It’s very important to practice good oral hygiene, even if your child doesn’t have teeth. After each meal, it’s recommended to wash the gums with a wet washcloth so the food particles and bacteria stay away. Once your child’s first tooth grows into place, it’s time to start brushing. It’s best to brush the tooth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.

Now that you know these facts about baby teeth in Spokane, Washington, you and your child’s smile are on the right track! The more you know about pediatric oral health and dentistry, the better. So, if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more, please feel free to call 509.850.3050 today and talk to your dentist or member of our dental team. We are pleased to help you in any way we can!