When your child's first teeth arrive, it's an exciting time! You may also feel unsure about how to care for these small teeth. Do you even need to worry about them since they'll be falling out in a few years? The answer is - yes! Here are 3 reasons why your child's baby teeth are important and tips on how to take care of them.
They Help Your Child Learn to Speak and Eat
Baby teeth help your child begin to form their first words! They have probably been exploring sounds since they were born, but when the first teeth arrive, they can now start to turn those sounds into words. These small teeth also make it possible for them to begin exploring solid foods.
They Help Adult Teeth Arrive
Did you know that your child's baby teeth are actually holding space for their developing adult teeth? It's true! They also act as guides when it's time for those big teeth to arrive. Baby teeth lost too early may affect the arrival of the adult teeth.
They Teach Your Child Good Oral Hygiene Habits Early On
You should begin to brush your child's baby teeth as soon as they arrive. This not only keeps teeth clean and healthy but also helps your child acclimate to the feel of brushing their teeth. You'll help them at first, and then teach them how to do it on their own as they grow.
Your little one should have their first appointment with your Toronto dentist around the age of one or six months after their first teeth arrive. Your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental is happy to meet your child and answer your questions about their oral health. Give us a call today if it's time to schedule their appointment.