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Why You Need to Pay Attention to Your Child’s Oral Health

November 9, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Chris Davis
Child Eatingan Apple | Pediatric Dentistry in Lexington KY

It seems like just yesterday you brought your new baby home from the hospital, and today they’re one year old and sporting a brand-new tooth. Where did the time go?

Start Now with Oral Care for Your Child

If you haven’t already, now is the time to pay attention to what’s happening with your child’s oral health. That little baby tooth is adorable, but it and the others that follow all play a significant role in your child’s future dental development.

A common question parents ask is why they have to worry about baby teeth since they eventually fall out anyway.

  • Kids need healthy baby teeth to learn to chew, speak, and even smile.
  • A cavity in a baby tooth hurts just as much as a cavity in a permanent tooth.
  • Baby teeth keep a space open for permanent teeth, so they erupt properly.

If your child gets a cavity and it’s not treated, and the tooth is lost, remaining baby or permanent teeth can drift into the open space. When this happens, there’s not enough room for permanent teeth to emerge properly, and your child may have alignment issues that require orthodontic treatment in the future.

How to Take Care of Baby Teeth

As soon as the first baby tooth appears, use a soft brush with a smear of fluoride toothpaste no larger than a grain of rice to clean it gently. Brushing at this age keeps their teeth clean and healthy and also instills in them the idea that oral hygiene is just another part of their life.

Call Your Lexington Pediatric Dentist

We provide pediatric dentistry in Lexington, KY that is designed with the unique needs of a child in mind. If it’s time for your child’s first dental visit, please call Garden Springs Dental to arrange a time to stop by and meet us.

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