Baby teeth help your child to learn to chew, and speak properly. The most important job for teeth is to maintain teeth space in your child’s gums for their adult teeth.
There are an average of 20 baby teeth or “milk teeth” – all of which are expected to have already erupted by the time your child turns three. The eruption of milk teeth is called “teething”. You may notice that your child’s teeth will erupt in pairs and the lower front teeth will usually come out first, followed by the upper front teeth, then the incisors, and finally, the molars. The sequence may vary depending on ancestry.
There are cases wherein the child may feel soreness or irritation on the onset of the teething process, paired with swelling gums and excessive drooling. These, along with other symptoms of fever are expected to be experienced by some children – and do not indicate any onset of fever, to say the least. If you notice your baby chewing on household objects, carefully check his/her teeth for any developments on the erupting teeth. Also make sure that the objects that your baby chews are clean. If he/she is persistent in chewing filthy or hazardous objects, it is best that he/she be put on a crib first and be given a soft, clean cloth for chewing. Being selective of the objects that your child is chewing is a sign of improving intuition and recognition on your child’s part.
Baby teeth last only for a few years, but dentists have proposed a connection between maltreated baby teeth and crooked permanent teeth. Studies show that premature loss of baby teeth may lead to some malocclusions on the erupting permanent teeth. Baby teeth will lose their grip on the alveolar bone when the child turns 7 to 10 years old. Some baby teeth may come off earlier than that, but parents must make sure that these teeth loosen naturally, and not extracted because of tooth decay.
Brush your kid’s teeth daily and make it point to train him/her to brush two to three times a day, even without adult supervision. To make brushing more effective, buy toothbrushes with soft gristles that are with cartoon labels and also buy toothpastes and ultrasonic cleaner designed for baby teeth that are also with cartoonlabels to make your children more enthusiastic about brushing their teeth.
Give your child a pacifier if he/she cannot stop routinely sucker his/her thumb or nails. Make sure to clean and rinse the pacifier for any accumulated saliva and food chunks.
Following the pieces of professional dental equipment above can be indeed time-consuming, but in the light of proper parenting, one should always consider dental health a priority, as it very much rewarding in the long run. Making sure that your child takes proper care of his/her teeth is one of labeling yourself as a good and responsible parent.