Your child’s “baby teeth,” (Primary Teeth) are important for the normal growth and development of the face and to help your child learn to eat and talk. They also serve as place holders while the permanent teeth grow in. It is important to take proper care of these teeth with good hygiene and pediatric dental care during this stage of development.
Your child’s final baby teeth will develop around age 2. Around age 6, your child will start to lose their baby teeth. This developmental stage can also allow Dr. Werner to help correct any areas of concerns in the positioning of the facial bones as well as overcrowding so the normal development of permanent teeth are not obstructed.
Areas of Concern:
- Proper nutrition, including limiting sugary and acidic food and beverages
- Dental hygiene habits, although your child is in the “do it myself” phase, you should supervise proper brushing and flossing
- Thumb-sucking/pacifier use, your children should be free of this habit by age 4 or 5. If they continue past this age they are at risk for dental and speech problems. This is a big area of concern you should not ignore. For helpful information on this subject: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/how-to-stop-thumb-sucking
- Six-Month Checkups. Are necessary to enable the pediatric dentist to monitor your child’s dental growth, health and hygiene.
- Digital X-Rays
- Scale and Clean every 6 months or more
- Sealants. Sealants may be applied to prevent the growth of cavities.
- Developmental assessment for facial irregularities and speech development (referral to pediatric orthodontist and/or speech pathologist if needed).
Dr. Werner and her staff will help you teach your child how to brush and floss properly. She also advises that you maintain a proper diet for your child during this critical time. As your child becomes more active, concern for injuries to the teeth and gums is important as these may lead to significant dental developmental problems. She encourages you to ask questions about any areas of concern, no matter how minor so she can help guide you and your child toward a lifetime of dental health.