By Carrie Polster, DMD
November 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Baby Teeth  

Although most of them will be gone in just five or six years, baby teeth play an important role in your child's dental health. Dr. Carrie Polster, your family dentist in Midland Park, shares several important facts about baby teeth.

  • Baby teeth establish a sound foundation for primary teeth and act as space holders for permanent teeth. They also help guide the Babyteeth into their permanent positions.
  • Teeth start appearing when your baby is four to seven months old, although it's not unusual for them to appear earlier or later. Occasionally, a baby is even born with a fully formed tooth.
  • Baby teeth may not be intended to last a lifetime, but they are very important in chewing, speech and jaw development.
  • Putting your baby to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice is a bad idea. If your child falls asleep with the nipple in his or her mouth, exposure to the sugar in those beverages can lead to cavities.
  • Cavities aren't just unsightly. They can cause significant pain, even if they occur in baby teeth. Losing baby teeth due to tooth decay can affect your child's ability to chew and possibly even speak if several teeth are involved.
  • Brushing should start with the first tooth. Even though your baby doesn't have a varied diet, regular brushing is important because cavity-causing plaque starts forming as soon as that first tooth appears. Buy a soft brush and use a tiny bit of toothpaste to clean the tooth in morning and evening.
  • Early dental visits are important. In fact, you can schedule a visit as soon as the first tooth erupts. Regular visits help your child get used to the idea of oral examinations and help your dentist spot any potential issues.

Ready to schedule your baby's first dental appointment? Call Dr. Carrie Polster, your Midland Park family dentist, at (201) 444-5675.

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