Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Baby teeth are the first molars to emerge through the gums around the age of six months old. They help you to chew, smile, and speak. They give shape to your face and set the path for later teeth to grow into.

Typically, each person has 20 baby teeth that lead to the 32 permanent teeth that are usually all grown in by the time a person reaches 21 years old. There are many things to do in order to keep these teeth in the best shape they can be before their time comes to fall out to make room for permanent teeth.

Baby teeth at Bear Creek Pediatric Dentistry

Usually, when a baby starts the teething process there are some key indicators. Before the initial eruption of the first tooth, children may drool a lot, crabbiness, crying, not eating, and waking up in the middle of the night. There are many different ways to soothe your baby’s pain as they are teething. Cold foods and drinks can provide a relief to the child’s mouth. Pain relievers can also help to ease the process of teething.

Remember to have a good routine to take care of baby teeth once they have fully grown in. That includes having a healthy diet, flossing, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and visiting us here in Medford, Oregon as soon as your child’s first tooth breaks.

Don’t forget to contact our office if you have anymore questions or concerns about your baby’s teething process.
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