We’re learning every day how much baby teeth matter for your child’s later oral health. Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits early can lead to a lifelong healthy smile.
Did you know?
Just because babies don’t have any visible teeth, doesn’t mean they can’t get cavities. In fact, a baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth. Baby teeth help to keep space in the jaw for adult teeth by coming through a baby’s gums at around 6 months. This sets the stage for future smiles!
When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room later. This can make teeth crooked or crowded. Starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come. Therefore, the ADA recommends that parents take children to a dentist no later than their first birthday and then at intervals recommended