Fast Facts

 

Importance of Primary “Baby” Teeth

Primary teeth play a significant and functional role in children which is why it is critical to keep them in place naturally. The following reasons highlight the functions of primary teeth:

  • Maintenance of proper nutrition and chewing.
  • Speech development and guiding facial growth.
  • Saving space for permanent teeth.

Healthy smiles can help children feel better about themselves and the way they interact with others.

When should you first visit, and why choose a specialist?

The first visit should occur shortly after the first tooth appears and no later than the child’s first birthday. Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. They are specially trained for children’s unique dental health needs. Their professional education includes two to three years of specialized study after becoming a dentist, emphasizing child psychology, growth, and development. It is in your best interest to check your dentist’s credentials before beginning treatment.

At what age should orthodontic treatment occur?

We advise parents that children should have their first appointment with an orthodontic specialist by age 7. Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age, yet many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a child can avoid surgery and more serious complications in the future.

What are sealants and are they helpful?

Sealants are made of clear or shaded plastic, and help protect the chewing surfaces of healthy back teeth. Placing sealants is one of the easiest visits for children. Most cavities occur in places sealants can protect. Four out of five cavities in children occur on the back teeth. Children with sealants have 50% less tooth decay after age 15.

Does my child need fluoride supplements?

Children older than six months need supplants if their drinking water does not contain the ideal amount of fluoride. Fluoride supplements taken by infants have been shown to reduce tooth decay by as much as 50%. Dosages are based on age and the amount of fluoride in the drinking water. Miscalculations may lead to fluorosis.