What You Should Know about Children’s Teeth
Although the first set of teeth do not erupt until about four to six months of age, teeth begin forming before a baby is even born. By the time a child is three, he or she usually has all twenty of his or her primary teeth. Three years later, permanent teeth begin to make their appearance and continue erupting, ending with the wisdom teeth in the teenage years. Good dental health care is critical throughout this entire process to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles.
The best ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy include:
• A healthy diet: Your child needs a well-balanced diet with minimal sugar, starchy foods, and simple carbohydrates. Make sure they get plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products, and proteins.
• Fluoride: Fluoride can be found in tap water, but we also offer fluoride supplements. This mineral helps keep dental enamel strong and combats tooth decay.
• Good dental hygiene: You need to clean your baby’s gums, and as soon as teeth erupt, brush them thoroughly after each meal. Once your child is old enough, teach them to brush and floss regularly.
• Dental sealants: Sealants add a protective layer to the chewing surfaces of teeth to keep plaque and bacteria out of the tiny fissures and folds.
• Dental visits: Children should have regular pediatric dentistry visits for cleanings and checkups.
Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame.
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