Protecting Baby Teeth FAQ

Protecting Baby Teeth FAQ

Importance of Baby Teeth
Baby teeth have a purpose and it is very important they are kept in place until they are lost naturally.
  1. Healthy baby teeth help your child to chew properly. This allows them to eat a proper and healthy diet.
  2. Baby teeth aid in proper speech development.
  3. Baby teeth save space for the permanent teeth. A healthy smile can make children feel good about the way they look.
When should bottle/breast feeding be stopped?
Children should be weaned between 12 and 14 months to avoid damage to their teeth.
When should I start cleaning my baby's teeth?
The sooner the better! You will need to help your child brush until they are about age 8. A good rule of thumb is if the child cannot tie their shoes on their own, they cannot effectively clean their teeth on their own either. All teeth that touch need to be flossed daily. Do not use fluoridated toothpaste until they are able to spit, around age 3 unless Dr. Meggan give you specific recommendations.
Team Approach to Total Health
Good oral health is an important part of total health. When treating children, we often work with pediatricians, other physicians and dental specialists. All young people are served best through this team approach.