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How Baby Teeth Help Mouths Grow Up Right
July 13th, 2014 by Dr. Watson

Every Jackson parent remembers seeing their baby’s first teeth emerge, watching the rest pop up, and finally cheering as their child loses their first baby tooth. It all goes by so fast! In fact, baby teeth come and go so quickly that some people are led believe they don’t have an impact on a child’s dental health later in life. Dr. Jim Watson wants you to know that that couldn’t be further from the truth! We at Jackson Center for Smiles are committed to giving our community access to reliable information on dental care, so here are the facts about why baby teeth matter. Feel free to give us a call with any questions.

A Guide to Baby Teeth

Baby teeth, also known as deciduous, primary, milk, or lacteal teeth, are a set of 20 teeth that will be in your child’s mouth for most of their childhood. Although baby teeth erupt (come out of the gums) at around 6 months, they begin forming in the womb as early as 16 weeks. By age three all Jackson children should have all 20 of their baby teeth. By age 13 all their permanent teeth (except for wisdom teeth) will have come in.

Why Baby Teeth Matter

Your child’s primary teeth play a crucial role in their life. They may only be around for the first few years of life, but they set the stage for dental health and proper development in the future. Here’s what Dr. Jim Watson would like every Jackson parent to know about dental teeth:

  1. They make chewing possible so that babies can learn to eat solid food
  2. They help kids learn to speak quickly and clearly
  3. They save space for permanent teeth as children’s mouths grow
  4. They help kids learn the importance of dental hygiene

Taking Care of Baby Teeth

The best way to ensure life-long dental health is to teach your kids about dental hygiene with consistent, but fun routines. Brush their teeth twice a day and floss them at least once a day. Most importantly, make sure to visit Dr. Jim Watson when your baby’s first teeth erupt and then twice a year after that for regular checkups and cleanings. We at Jackson Center for Smiles love to help Jackson parents maintain great oral health, so please give us a call if you have any questions.

Sources

http://www.uichildrens.org/importance-of-baby-teeth/

http://www.dentalassociates.com/pediatric-dentistry/importance-baby-teeth/

http://www.uic.edu/classes/orla/orla312/DeciduousDent.htm

http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_58.pdf