A child’s mouth has 20 initial teeth called primary teeth, baby teeth, and deciduous teeth. Same as our heart and brain, our teeth are also not ready to work from the day we are born.
In fact, at the beginning of babies’ first teeth even before they are born, their teeth don’t get visible until the babies are about to become the age of 6 to 12 months.
As we get older, it is difficult to keep our teeth healthy but we should keep them shaped properly. Some parents may feel that their responsibility for caring for their primary teeth isn’t as important as caring for adult permanent teeth, simply because they thought baby teeth would fall out. However, baby teeth are very important. Parents should take care of the baby’s teeth from the beginning itself.
Baby teeth allow children to chew food and speak properly, and also they reserve the spaces in the gums for future adult teeth. Baby teeth are also called milk teeth as they can fall down.
Keep Your Gums Healthy
Sometimes the bacteria that are caused between the gums called plaque are always forming on your teeth which causes damage If you don’t remove it, it can cause soreness, swelling, and bleeding in your gums. It also causes infections that damage the bone underneath.
Signs of gum disease include:
- Bleeding when you brush your teeth
- Gums that move or pull back from your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
The best way you can keep your gums in good shape is to take care of them on a daily basis. See your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
Loss of baby teeth
From 6 years, baby teeth start to become weak by falling out and they make way for adult teeth. It is perfectly normal for a child to lose their first tooth up to a year or 2 earlier or later than 6 years of age. The first tooth to fall out is usually located in the front of the lower jaw and it falls so earlier.
Losing baby teeth can be uncomfortable and painful for young children. Suggestions for parents include:
Parents should assure their children that losing baby teeth is a natural process and new adult teeth will come in their place.
Use cold packs or eat something cold to get relief from the loose tooth pain.
Ask your dentist or pharmacist for recommendations on appropriate medication for your child’s oral health
Use of the Tooth Fairy. This myth has lasted a long time with good reason. The idea of getting rewards and gifts for the children may help to do a better treatment
Baby teeth need to be taken care of properly at a very early age to improve their oral and overall health.