You might think that treating a child’s baby pearly whites isn’t that important because they’re going to fall out on their own eventually anyway. However, caring for baby teeth is imperative since without them, adult (also known as permanent) pearly whites will not come in straight, but instead crowded and misaligned. Here are some bits of advice on caring for your child’s baby teeth while your child is younger than three years old:
Use fluoridated toothpaste to brush your child’s pearly whites as soon as they come through. Since your child has only very tiny pearly whites, you won’t need to use very much toothpaste. Dab a rice-grain-sized bit of toothpaste onto your child’s brush and brush their pearly whites thoroughly. Do this twice per day. Again, although this may seem like overkill, tooth breakdown can start as soon as teeth appear, so it’s good to begin cleaning the pearly whites instantly. Tooth breakdown has been shown to impact the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of children.
If you want a checkup in Humble, Texas, call Dr. Shannon De Vera and the Smile Big Pediatric Dentistry team at 713-697-6453 now. The friendly team at Smile Big Pediatric Dentistry will be excited to schedule your visit and answer the questions you have about helping your child brush appropriately. Talk to you soon!