Myths About Baby Teeth—Busted

Myths About Baby Teeth—Busted

Many people are under the impression that the health of baby teeth really don’t matter because they eventually fall out. However, this is far from the truth. There are quite a few myths regarding pediatric dentistry and baby teeth, so Sonrisa Dental Care in Houston is here to clear up any confusion and bust these baby teeth myths!

Baby Teeth Are Not Important

Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, they are still extremely important for the development of oral health. Baby teeth hold the space for permanent teeth to grow in without crooked, misaligned and/or crowded teeth. They help the facial structure develop properly, and they also ensure our children can properly eat and receive nutrition.

Decay in Baby Teeth Does Not Matter

We’ve heard it all, that cavities in baby teeth can be ignored or even that “babies can’t get cavities” unfortunately these rumors are not true. Children with cavities in their primary teeth are actually three times more likely to have cavities as an adult. Cavities in baby teeth can also cause inflammation and infection which can be uncomfortable and cause further complications.

Routine Dental Care Is Not Important for Baby Teeth

We also often hear parents disregard routine dental care for their children’s baby teeth, not only should you be brushing your kid’s baby teeth but you should also be brushing their gums before the first tooth even erupts. Once teeth have erupted, you should also be flossing at least once a day with your child.

Babies Don’t Need to See a Dentist

We’ve heard all sorts of ages when a child should first see a dentist, some say 3, others say 5 and some even think you don’t need to see a dentist until you have all of your teeth. However, at our Houston pediatric dental office, we recommend children see us by the time they receive their first tooth or age one. Routine dental visits can reduce dental anxiety and allow your pediatric dentist to spot any complications before they become serious.

Think your child may have a cavity? Contact our Houston pediatric dentist today! We’d be happy to evaluate your child’s teeth, gums and overall oral health to determine if any treatments are recommended.

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