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You may be surprised to learn that your child’s baby teeth play a big role in the health of his or her smile as an adult. This is because the primary teeth hold space in a child’s smile so that their permanent teeth can come in properly when the time is right.

Usually, the primary teeth begin to break through the gums around six months of age. Keep in mind that this may vary. Most children have a full set of baby teeth by the time they are about three. There are 20 baby teeth total.

Helping your child take care of his or her baby teeth is very important. The underlying permanent tooth can become infected if a baby tooth becomes extensively decayed or damaged. If a baby tooth is lost early, the other baby teeth can drift and block the permanent tooth from coming in correctly. This can cause the permanent tooth to come in crooked.

Begin caring for your child’s teeth early. Before your baby’s teeth come in, clean his or her gums with wet gauze or a clean cloth after feedings. Once the teeth start growing in, use a small, soft brush to brush your child’s teeth twice a day. Help your child brush and floss their teeth, or supervise them, until they are old enough to do it properly on their own.

Please contact our office at 615-662-2191 to learn more about your child’s smile and to set up his or her next appointment with Dr. Ed Perdue. Our dentist and team in Nashville, Tennessee, are thrilled to get to know family!