Why Is it Important to Care for Baby(milk) Teeth?

While it’s true that primary teeth are only in the mouth for a short period of time, they play a vital role in the following ways:

They reserve space for their permanent counterparts.
They give the face its normal appearance.
They aid in the development of clear speech.
They help attain good overall health(missing or decayed teeth make it difficult to chew causing children to reject foods).
They help give a healthy start to the permanent teeth (decay and infection in baby teeth can cause dark spots on the permanent teeth developing beneath it).

Many of us don’t care for the milk teeth knowing they are suppose to shed off one day and the new ones will come..BUT on a contrary they have significant role in proper eruption of the permanent teeth.Every tooth has got a range of schedule of their emergence and shedding.

Shedding out of milk teeth and the emergence of permanent teeth is the simultaneous process.
some times many parents think this is a double teeth but this is not the fact.While milk teeth are in the mouth the permanent teeth starts erupting giving a false look of double teeth.

Here are the few things to do when teeth starts emerging in the kid’s mouth.

  • The primary teeth gradually erupt through the gums during the first 2 and half years.
  • The four front teeth—two upper and two lower—usually erupt first, beginning as early as six months after birth. Most children have a full set of primary teeth by the time they are 3 years old.
  • You can help reduce the risk of tooth decay.Never allow your infant or toddler to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, fruit juices or sweetened liquid. Don’t dip a pacifier in sugar or honey.

  • If your infant or toddler needs a comforter between regular feedings or at bedtime, give the child a clean pacifier recommended by your dentist or pediatrician.
  • Wipe your child’s gums with a wet wash cloth or a clean gauze pad after each feeding.
    • Begin brushing your child’s teeth with a little water as soon as the first tooth appears.

    • Supervise tooth brushing to make sure that children older than 2 years use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and avoid swallowing it.

    • Children should be taught to spit out remaining toothpaste and rinse with water after brushing.
    • Even before the first tooth is emerging u should wipe the gums with the clean gauge once in a day.