How Baby Teeth Help Mouths Grow Up Right

August 13, 2017 9:45 am | Published by
Every Cedar Park 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 believe they don’t have an impact on a child’s dental health later in life. Dr. Kerr, Dr. Hedgecock, Dr. Patel & Dr. Edmonds want you to know that, that couldn’t be further from the truth! At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we are committed to giving our community access to reliable information on dental care, so here are the facts about why baby teeth matter. Feel free to give us a call with any questions. 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, all Cedar Park 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. Kerr, Dr. Hedgecock, Dr. Patel & Dr. Edmonds would like every Cedar Park 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 dental hygiene
Taking Care of Baby Teeth The best way to ensure life-long dental health is to teach your kids about dental 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 Dr. Kerr, Dr. Hedgecock, Dr. Patel & Dr. Edmonds when your baby’s first teeth emerge, and then twice a year after that for regular checkups and cleanings. At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we love to help Cedar Park families maintain great oral health, so please give us a call at (512) 253-8840 if you have any questions. Sources

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