Many parents do not understand why primary teeth are so important. Since these teeth are not going to be in there forever, does it really matter? Yes, your child’s primary teeth are very important.

Primary teeth, also known as baby teeth are necessary to your child’s overall health and development. They begin to develop beneath the gums during a mother’s second trimester of pregnancy. The teeth will start to emerge above the gums around six months of age and your child will have their complete set of twenty teeth by the time they are three years old.

Your child needs his or her primary teeth to assist them with chewing, speaking, and smiling. When they lose their primary teeth too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it more difficult for other permanent teeth to find room to come in, resulting in crooked teeth. This is why it is so important to take care of your infant’s teeth properly.

After your child has their first tooth come in and before their first birthday, we suggest having a dental check up. The dentist will check for cavities and any other issues. They will also speak with you about brushing your child’s teeth and how to handle habits such as thumb sucking.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s primary teeth or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (760) 346-1414.