Don’t Neglect Baby Teeth

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Don’t Neglect Baby Teeth

How your family dentist in Honeoye Falls, NY, can protect your baby’s teeth

Baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, are your baby’s first set of teeth. They are eventually replaced by permanent teeth as your baby grows. Baby teeth have an important function. They save space for the permanent teeth to come in. They are also important in the development of permanent teeth. Taking care of the baby's teeth is critical to protect the health of your child’s smile.

Dr. Greg Lowenguth at HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY, offers a wide range of family dentistry services, including pediatric dentistry, to protect your child’s teeth.

You can expect your child’s first tooth to erupt at 6 to 10 months. This first tooth is usually a lower central incisor, which will be followed by an upper central tooth at 8 to 12 months. Eventually, 20 teeth will erupt. These are the baby teeth.

It’s important to know that when your child’s first baby tooth erupts, your child is at risk of tooth decay. It’s never too early for your child to develop a cavity. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your child’s teeth. Remember to:

  • Avoid putting your child to bed with a baby bottle; juice can bathe your child’s teeth in sugar, which can cause a painful condition known as baby bottle tooth decay.
  • Brush your child’s teeth with a baby or child toothbrush after your child eats; frequent removal of plaque is important, even at a young age.
  • Bring your child in for a first dental visit when the first tooth erupts, or at least by the time your child is 1 year old.

Your family dentist will perform a first-visit dental examination. X-rays may be done at a future appointment. Your dental hygienist may do a professional cleaning, along with a fluoride treatment, depending on the age of your child.

Fluoride is an important part of caring for your child’s teeth. Many areas of the country have fluoridated water, which means your child won’t need supplements. If you don’t have fluoridated water, your family dentist can prescribe fluoride drops for your child.

Preventive dental visits can never begin too early. Your child will get comfortable with visiting your family dentist and feel calm and relaxed in a familiar setting. To learn more about the importance of baby teeth, call Dr. Greg Lowenguth at HFL Dental. You can reach him at (585) 624-1917, so call today!