Dealing With Your Child’s Oral Health Changes

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Your child’s mouth will go through a number of changes in a short period of time, and you need a good dentist to help. You have to deal with teething, early childhood dental cleanings, the loss of baby teeth, the development of permanent teeth, etc.

There is a lot that goes into maintaining a healthy mouth, and parents need to follow great professional device to make sure their child has a great-looking smile. Our Millburn NJ dental office uses state-of-the-art dentistry to provide elite pediatric dentistry and family dentistry services. Today we want to highlight some things a parent can do whenever their children begin losing their baby teeth.

Keeping Children’s Baby Teeth Healthy

Every person will have about 20 primary teeth, better known as baby teeth. The first teeth begin to erupt whenever your child is only a few months old. Initially teething using brings problems like running nose or added fussiness. Some children have multiple baby teeth erupt at the same time. The last primary teeth to erupt are the two-year molars, which should erupt whenever the child is around 2 years old.

We advice parents to begin lightly brushing teeth as soon as they erupt, and the American Dental Association recommends that children should first visit the dentist whenever they are 1. During your child’s first dental visit, we’ll make it fun and informative. We’ll let them play around in the chair as we count their teeth and check for tooth development and health. The main goals are to make sure your child is comfortable in the chair and to encourage them to have good oral care.

Losing Baby Teeth

Most children begin losing their baby teeth around the age of 7, but the process often takes years. Most patients lose baby teeth in the order that they development. The primary only serve as placeholders for the permanent teeth. It’s important to continue maintaining regular dental visits around that time so we can track the development of the permanent teeth. Losing baby teeth too soon or too late can affect the development of your permanent teeth.  

Before children lose their baby teeth, the teeth will feel loose and even wiggle around. We encourage parents not to pull on the teeth and to let the tooth dislodge naturally. Once the tooth is gone, there might be a little blood at the site, and you can rinse out the mouth with water.

In some cases, we dentists remove teeth to make room for permanent teeth and decrease the risk of orthodontic problems. We may also use special tools like space maintainers to help the permanent teeth develop straight. As the permanent teeth begin developing, we often use treatments like fluoride or dental sealants to prevent cavities.

When it comes to your children’s dental care, it’s best to be overprepared and to have as much information as possible. At Millburn Dental Arts, we treat patients of all ages and dental complications. We’re ready to handle your dental needs. Give us a call today at (973) 957-1604.

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