Teeth Development in Children
The development of primary teeth begins while the baby is in the womb. At about five weeks' gestation, the first buds of primary teeth appear in the baby's jaws. At birth, the baby has a full set of 20 primary teeth hidden within the gums. Primary teeth are also known as baby teeth, milk teeth or deciduous teeth.
Why Keep Baby Teeth?
Some people may feel that caring for baby teeth isn't as crucial as caring for adult (permanent) teeth, simply because baby teeth are designed to fall out anyway. However, baby teeth are very important. They allow the child to chew food, speak properly and they reserve the spaces in gum tissue for future adult teeth.
If a baby tooth is prematurely lost (such as being knocked out during sport or play), the baby teeth next to the missing tooth may drift into the gap and create spacing problems for the adult tooth when it comes through.
Decayed baby teeth also need professional dental treatment. If left untreated, decayed baby teeth can lead to mouth pain, dental abscess and problems with the surrounding teeth.
When is the Right Time to See a Dentist?
We advise parents to introduce their child to professional dental care when their first tooth erupts and no later than 1-2 years of age. This may include watching a parent have their teeth professionally cleaned, or having their own baby teeth counted and polished with a soft brush. The experience is a positive one and is encouraged with each subsequent appointment.
This process of familiarisation allows your child to grow with little or no anxiety towards the benefits of preventative dental care. Having a bad experience at the dentist at a young age often results in a fear of dental care in later years.
North Road Dental Centre is family oriented dental clinic located in East Bentleigh and we are looking forward to providing dental services for your whole family. Our experience will make sure that we are as gentle with your child's dental care as we are with yours. Simply arrange your next consultation by pressing on the link below.