Why You Should Fix Your Child’s Baby Teeth

Your little one has perfect hands, perfect eyes and a perfect nose. And when they give you that adorable little smile, there’s no reason to believe it isn’t perfect as well.

Funny asian little girl smile with her broken tooth

A pediatric dentist’s job is to spot any issues in your baby’s smile before they further develop into pain and infection. Although children typically lose all of their baby teeth between the ages of 6 and 12, having a healthy set of teeth during that time is still vital for daily life.

Baby teeth start developing at 6 weeks of gestation. The hard substance that makes up teeth develops at around months in the womb. Baby teeth only begin to protrude through the gum, however, after the child is born. Your baby’s first tooth will likely appear between 6 months to one year. By 33 months, most teeth will have appeared. Baby teeth generally come in earlier for girls than for boys.

You may assume that your child’s mouth will hit the reset button when baby teeth eventually fall out, replaced by mature adult teeth. This isn’t exactly the case. Proper dental maintenance starts early on, or else your child could have pain and development issues throughout their formative years.

Baby Teeth Will Fall out Between 6 and 12

Most children lose all their baby teeth between the ages of 6 and 12. Wisdom teeth come in much later, usually between the ages of 17 and 21. There are many dental issues that can befall a child during this time. They include:

  • Cavities (even in little babies)
  • Over-Retained Primary Teeth
  • Canker Sores
  • Gum Disease
  • Bad Breath
  • Grinding
  • Sensitive Teeth

It’s very important to identify these problems early on and get treatment for them; otherwise, your child could risk throbbing oral pain and even infection.

Cavities Spread Faster

Cavities in children spread more quickly because their enamel is thinner. Cavities cause aching, soreness, sensitivity to hot and cold and can even spread to infect the rest of the face. Early signs of cavities in young mouths is sensitivity to temperatures, progressing to a constant toothache. If your baby has a cavity, then it’s best to get the decay removed and a filling inserted. If the decay gets so bad that the tooth needs to be removed, then the dental gap may interfere with the child’s speaking and eating. Early detection and prevention is key.

Crowding

Crowding, crooked teeth have often had a genetic cause. Sometimes a baby will inherit their father’s large teeth but their mother’s small jaw, and there’s too much demand and not enough land. Thumb sucking can also put pressure on teeth and make them crooked, causing a space issue.

Spaces between baby teeth can be a good thing because it means there’s plenty of room. If baby teeth are crowded, then likely their adult teeth will be as well.

Pain and Infection

One of the biggest reasons to seek treatment for childhood dental issues is to relieve their pain. Tooth problems aren’t just a concern while your child is in the dentist chair. Toothaches can interfere with chewing, social and cognitive development and give them an early negative association with oral health.

Normal Life

What any parent wants for their child is for them to have a normal, healthy life. Oral health plays a large role in a child’s positive upbringing.

Early childhood cavities are associated with a number of serious conditions, such as:

  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Low Vitamin D, Calcium and Albumin levels
  • Elevated PTH Levels
  • Disordered Eating
  • Obesity
  • Failure To Thrive

Since children use their mouths so much — for eating, talking, laughing — it’s important that it works well and isn’t the root of pain. You should take your child for their first dentist appointment around one year of age, and begin a thorough dental hygiene routine from day one.

Sugars from milk can cause tooth decay, so be sure to gently brush with water if giving they have a bottle before bedtime.

Taking your child to the dentist early on will instill that dental health is essential. The first dentist appointment is quick and easy; the dentist will peer into your child’s mouth and assess if there are any issues needing treatment, give them a brief cleaning and send them on their way. Having an early, positive relationship with the dentist will set your child up for a lifetime of good dental health, and give you, the parent, an expert resource to help guide them.

Baby teeth may fall out, but they still needed to be treated if any pediatric dental issues arise. Taking care of these issues as early as possible will prevent a great deal of pain and awkwardness for your child, allowing them to grow up as happy and healthy as possible.

Smile Town specialized in children’s dentistry. If you’re looking for a dental clinic equipped to the needs of your little one, call us at (866) 533-9440 or contact us here.