Why Caring for Baby Teeth Is Important

Little toddler standing next to the sink with a toothbrush in his mouth.

Starting around six months to a year old, babies’ primary teeth will start erupting. The first teeth are typically the front upper and lower teeth known as the central incisors. By the age of three, babies will typically have all of their baby teeth in. Here’s what you need to know about caring for baby teeth!

Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Even though baby teeth are temporary, it’s just as important to keep them healthy and strong as it is to care for permanent teeth. Baby teeth play a huge role in childhood speech development as well as the transition to solid foods. They also provide a map for adult teeth as they erupt to help them come into their proper positions.

Baby Teeth Fillings

Baby teeth do not have as thick of an enamel layer as their permanent counterparts. Because of this, baby teeth are more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Luckily, just like adult teeth, baby teeth can have cavities filled with dental fillings. Fillings are designed to cover holes caused by cavities and to strengthen and preserve the health of the tooth until it’s ready to fall out on its own.

Schedule Your Child’s Dental Visit

Has your little one started getting their baby teeth? Remember the rule of “firsts.” Kids should have their first dental appointment by their first birthday or when their first tooth comes in, whichever comes first! Starting dental care at an early age can help prevent cavities and tooth decay. It also helps your child become familiar with our office while they are young which can prevent dental anxiety later on. The team at Summit Family Kids Dentistry can help you keep your child’s baby teeth in tip-top shape!

Pediatric Dentist in Littleton, CO

At Summit Family Kids Dentistry we love teaching our little patients about their oral health and helping them get started on the path toward a lifetime of great oral health! Our office is designed to make young patients feel at home. Please contact our office to set up an appointment!


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