Why Are Primary Teeth So Important For Kids?
Your child’s primary (milk) teeth play an integral part in their dental and overall development…
They’re going to fall out anyway, right? So what is the big deal about keeping children’s teeth so clean?
Yes, your child’s teeth will eventually fall out to accommodate their permanent adult teeth, but this does not mean that they are useless! In fact, you wouldn’t build a house without a plan or take a long drive without a map – in the same way your child’s teeth act as their dental blueprint, laying the foundations of not only their dental development, but their development in general.
Think about it. What do you need your teeth for? To smile, sure, but also to eat, laugh and talk! These basic fundamentals of life that we take for granted each and every day are something our primary teeth set us up with while we are young.
Your child’s primary teeth help them form words
By developing properly, primary teeth allow your child to form words properly – helping them gain confidence in communication, a basic fundamental of life. This is one of the main reasons why baby teeth come through so early (usually between 1-2 years of age) so they can begin to communicate!
Primary teeth help your child eat properly
Without primary teeth, your child would have to learn to live with soft foods for a very long time! Instead, when their teeth come through they are allowed to learn to chew and eat properly, a skill they will keep for the rest of their lives.
Their baby teeth act as placeholders for adult teeth
By monitoring the way in which their baby teeth emerge, at Q Dental Dr Amin can assess whether the child may need specific dental care in the future such as braces. This is because the primary teeth essentially act as placeholders and if they erupt crooked, it is highly likely so too will their adult teeth.
This is why it is vitally important for parents to take extra care with their children’s teeth! By brushing them twice a day and flossing before bed, you can help your child understand good oral health routines. We also believe in bringing children in for their first dental check-up by around their first birthday, as this allows us to track their dental development and form strong associations with your child, who will use their early experiences as a basis to whether they continue visiting the dentist!
Taking care of your infant’s smile…
Yes, before they even have teeth you can look after their oral health. To give your child the best start in life in regards to oral health, it is important to:
- NOT put them to bed with a sugary drink or milk, as this can cause an accumulation of bacteria and harm their gums or the teeth under the gums
- Clean their smile with a damp clean cloth to wipe away any residue after feeding
- Start brushing their teeth (with a soft bristled toothbrush and a small amount of children’s toothpaste) as soon as their very first tooth comes through.
For more hints and tips for taking care of your child’s smile, don’t hesitate to contact us today!