We all know permanent teeth ultimately replace baby teeth, but that doesn't make them unimportant. They must last your child for many years of chewing, biting, and smiling. Healthy baby teeth are essential for speech development, proper jaw growth, and for setting a solid foundation for their lifelong smile. In addition, studies show that caring for baby teeth makes for fewer problems when their new teeth arrive.
At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, we treat baby teeth with the same care and commitment we give to all Palos Heights, IL patients. This starts with early care as your baby begins to teethe and extends to regular dental exams and cleanings.
Start Dental Care Before Their First Teeth Emerge
Our team of dental professionals is excited to help usher in your child's oral health at an early age. This is because plaque-causing bacteria starts early and may contribute to tooth decay in baby teeth. However, with a few small actions, you can reverse this process.
We recommend that parents may gently rub their baby's gums with a soft infant washcloth after feedings and before bed. Though infant toothpaste is available, it may not be necessary. However, if you want to learn more, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with a team member.
When their first tooth comes in, we can help you understand the best qualities in infant toothbrushes and toothpaste.
What Happens at Your Child's Teeth Cleaning
In addition to the teeth cleaning itself, your child receives many benefits from regular dental visits. Here are a few:
- Home care suggestions, proper brushing, and flossing techniques
- Dietary tips if we notice tooth decay
- Determination of the need for sealants and fluoride treatments
- Monitoring of emerging teeth to spot early orthodontic issues
Children's Dentistry and Teeth Cleanings in Palos Heights, IL
Our goal at Palos Pediatric Dentistry is to become your partner towards the best possible dental health for the whole family. We know parents with positive dental attitudes will pass that on to their children, so we'll always work with you and address your concerns. To learn more, give our pediatric dentist's office a call today.