Many parents ask why baby teeth are important when their child is just going to lose them eventually.
Well, moms and dads, we have the answer. Baby teeth are very important to your child’s health and development. They hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early due to injury or disease (such as severe decay), the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find a room when it’s their turn to erupt.
It is advised to start good oral hygiene habits at a young age. This way your children will grow up knowing the importance of a healthy mouth.
- Use a clean wet washcloth, gauze or finger-cot to clean baby’s gums daily.
- Ensure baby has swallowed all milk before lying him/her down.
- Once teeth are present use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean teeth. Or continue to use a clean wet washcloth, gauze or finger cot to clean teeth and gums daily until you are comfortable using a toothbrush.
- Avoid transferring harmful bacteria to baby… i.e. do not put infants utensils, soothers in an adult’s mouth.