Baby Teeth Matter
St. Helens, OR
The first twenty teeth of your baby are usually present at birth inside their jaws. They start becoming apparent between six months to one year of their age. Even though many parents are of the assumption that it is not much to think about, their child’s “milk teeth” need as much care and attention as any other part of their body. At St. Helens Pediatric Dentistry, we make your baby’s oral as well as general growth our priority.
There are several reasons why your baby’s teeth matter. For one, they facilitate an essential function in their body that is “chewing.” Having teeth that are decayed could lead to a deficiency of nutrition. In severe cases, the development of infection could harm other parts of the body, including the brain. Secondly, if the teeth aren’t aligned well, they could hinder their speech, which further contributes to self-esteem issues as the child grows up. Damaged and missing teeth can cause confidence issues and also contribute to a lack of social relationships in the future.
Moreover, if handled well, baby teeth could add to a perfect teeth alignment and positioning as the child becomes an adult. If not, they could be a cause of spacing between teeth and issues such as impaction. Healthy teeth stimulate the good development of facial muscles and bones. If baby teeth that are carious are not treated in time, they could cause permanent damage by developing an infection on the adult tooth.
Healthy Oral Habits
If you form healthy habits in your child from an early age, you can considerably reduce their chances of developing tooth decay. Therefore, after feeding, make sure to clean your baby’s gums. You can also massage their gums using a washcloth gently with your index finger. You can start the brushing procedure with only a toothbrush and not a toothpaste. The habit of toothpaste can be developed gradually with minimal quantity at first.
Furthermore, develop healthy eating habits from as early as possible by restricting the quantity of sweet foods your child eats. Many parents have a habit of checking the milk bottle temperature by mouth. Avoid doing so along with sharing any other utensils as they can transmit bacteria, causing cavities. Understand the fluoride needs of your child by consulting our dentist. Always keep a check on their teeth and look for any suspicious spots. Spots that are white or brown can indicate the presence of a dental cavity or decay, but to be sure, you can schedule an appointment with our dentist right away. Do not resist dental x-rays, if suggested by our dentist, as they are a valuable method to detect any dental problems before they worsen.
When it comes to the dental requirements of your child, there is no such thing as an unnecessary question. Pediatric care is crucial for them in every stage of life but, most importantly, during their early years. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask any questions and visit St. Helens Pediatric Dentistry at your earliest. You can also conveniently contact us at (503) 396-4750.