How Baby Teeth Help Mouths Grow Up Right

Sep 13, 2018 | Oral Health

How Baby Teeth Help Mouths Grow Up Right
Every parent remembers seeing their baby’s first teeth emerge, watching the rest pop up, and finally cheering as their child loses their first baby tooth, all in the blink of an eye! In fact, baby teeth come and go so quickly that some people are led to believe they don’t have an impact on a child’s dental health later in life. Dr. Kitts wants you to know that that couldn’t be further from the truth! At Soundview Family Dental, we are committed to giving our community access to reliable information on dental care, so here are the facts about why baby teeth matter. Baby Teeth

A guide to baby teeth

Baby teeth, also known as deciduous, primary, milk, or lacteal teeth, are a set of 20 teeth that will be in your child’s mouth for most of their childhood. Although baby teeth usually emerge at around 6 months, they begin forming in the womb as early as 16 weeks. By age 3, children should have all 20 of their baby teeth. By age 13, all their permanent teeth (except for wisdom teeth) will have come in.

Why baby teeth matter

Your child’s primary teeth play a crucial role in their life. They may only be around for the first few years, but they set the stage for dental health and proper development in the future. Here’s what Dr. Kitts would like every Edmonds parent to know about primary teeth:
  1. They make chewing possible so that babies can learn to eat solid food.
  2. They help kids learn to speak quickly and clearly.
  3. They save space for permanent teeth as children’s mouths grow.
  4. They help kids learn the importance of oral hygiene.

Taking care of baby teeth

The best way to ensure lifelong dental health is to teach your kids about oral hygiene with consistent, but fun routines. Brush their teeth twice a day and floss them at least once a day. Most importantly, make sure to visit us when your baby’s first teeth emerge, and then twice a year after that for regular checkups and cleanings. At Soundview Family Dental, we love to help Edmonds families maintain great oral health and wellness, so please contact us if you have any questions. The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
Sources: http://www.dentalassociates.com/pediatric-dentistry/importance-baby-teeth/
Eric Kitts, DDS

Eric Kitts, DDS

Owner @ Soundview Family Dental

Born in Seattle and raised in Puyallup, Dr. Eric Kitts received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his DDS from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Dr. Kitts began practicing dentistry in 2000, at his office in Richmond Beach. In 2011, Dr. Kitts built a brand-new, state-of-the-art dental facility located in the heart of downtown Edmonds.

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