Encinitas Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Baby Teeth: Brush ‘em, Floss ‘em, or Forget ‘em?
Time to celebrate! Your new little one got their first tooth. Now what do we do? Since they’re just baby teeth we don’t really need to do much, right? Aren’t they going to fall out soon? Many have bought into the mistaken belief that baby teeth aren’t that important since we won’t have them forever.
The reality is baby teeth won’t be done falling out until about 12 years old. New permanent teeth start coming in at age six. Dental disease that affects baby teeth can easily cause lasting damage to the new adult teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states “Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease – five times more common than asthma, four times more common than early childhood obesity, and 20 times more common than diabetes.”
But the little smile that you love so much, properly taken care of, can lead to a lifetime free of dental disease. Cavities are preventable!
If your little one doesn’t want to eat the right foods or puts up a little resistance for hygiene, just remember how much better it will be to know your child is cavity-free.
Pediatric dentists are perfect team members to help you reach the developing milestones that children go through. Passing these milestones together will assist you in being the biggest defender of your child’s oral health. It will take effort, but as time passes and the cavities don’t come, your efforts will pay off. So don’t forget ‘em. Do brush ‘em, floss ‘em, and please enjoy that sweet little smile while you’ve got it.
Spencer Mauseth, D.D.S
Encinitas Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
1355 Saxony Road, #200
Encinitas, CA 92024