Though baby teeth are eventually replaced by adult teeth, they are still very important. Early dental care ensures the health of your toddler’s gums and teeth, and proper development of her jaw and speech.
- Baby teeth should be brushed twice every day with toothpaste. Gradually increase toothpaste from a smear to a pea-sized amount as you child gets more teeth.
- Your child’s first teeth help her to begin chewing solid foods, play a role in her learning to speak, and help her jaw develop.
- Limit the sweet or sticky foods your child eats and save them for mealtimes.
- Offer water instead of fruit juices and other sweet drinks between meals.
- Lift the lip regularly to check for early signs of decay behind and in front of the upper front teeth. Signs of tooth decay include white or brown spots along the gum line.
- You should begin scheduling regular checkups with a dentist 6 months after your child’s first teeth appear.