Experts in Pediatric Dentistry
We take pride in our understanding of the special care needed by your child. Our office starts seeing children age 10 and older.
The Importance of Baby Teeth
Your child's baby teeth serve several important functions for their development and health:
- Pronunciation of sounds
- Proper chewing to facilitate digestion
- Establish and preserve space for each adult tooth
- Form buds from which the adult teeth develop
Though the baby teeth will eventually be lost, they do serve important functions for your child.
How to Care for Your Child's Teeth
Even though your child does not yet have teeth, home care should start at birth by regularly cleaning your baby's mouth with a soft infant toothbrush and water.
An important part of caring for you child's teeth is diet. Reducing the amount of sugary snacks and drinks will greatly help prevent tooth decay, as will teaching your child to drink from a cup after his or her first birthday. Consumption of sugary drinks from a bottle has been linked to "bottle caries" and should be avoided.