Understanding Children’s Oral Health: Baby Teeth Facts

The more you know about baby teeth, the better, which is why our Smiles Dental team is happy to give you the information you need so you can better understand your child’s oral health. With our tips, you will be able to give your child the strong, healthy, and beautiful smile they deserve.

For your convenience, we have provided the following facts:

Fact No. 1: Baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth. They help the child chew and speak, and they also guide the permanent teeth into their positions in the future. Without baby teeth, the permanent teeth would not know where to go and they would likely grow into place in a crooked manner.

Fact No. 2: Your child’s baby teeth are hidden under the gums at birth, and the first tooth (which is generally the central incisor on the lower jaw) should erupt when your child is six months old. When your child is three years old, they should have a full smile.

Fact No. 3: There are many things you can do to soothe a teething baby. One thing you can do is rub their gums with a clean finger, a cool spoon, or a wet washcloth. You can also give your child a teething ring to chew on.

Fact No. 4: You can start on oral hygiene right when your baby is born. Clean your child’s gums with a washcloth after each meal. Once your child’s first tooth grows into place, start brushing it twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.

If you wish to know more about baby teeth or children’s oral health in Grants Pass, Oregon, please feel free to call 541.787.4733 today and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dr. John Oliver if you have any concerns with your child’s smile. We are happy to meet with you and your child at your earliest convenience!