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What Are Baby Teeth And Why Are They Important

As parents, we do not pay much attention to the oral hygiene of our children when it is vital for their development. In this post, we will explain how to take care of children’s baby teeth

What are baby teeth

The milk teeth, also known as temporary teeth, are the first teeth in a person’s mouth after they are born. One defining characteristic that temporary teeth have is that they are a little whiter than the permanent ones. They appear before the child turns one year old. A person generally has 20 milk teeth that appear in their mouth normally until they turn three years old. Half of these teeth are divided in the lower part and the others in the upper part. In both the upper and the lower part, you will find two canines, four molars and four incisors. During the first years of the child, these will help to chew and digest the food. In general, baby teeth begin to replace from six to twelve years of age. Even though these are not going to remain in the mouth for a lifetime you have to take care of them, since they can affect the way in which the permanent ones grow.

Importance of Baby Teeth

Many parents forget that temporary teeth are essential for children’s development. During the first few years of our life, we feed on breast milk and crushed foods. But as we grow, we switch to hard foods which need to be chewed. When children process food properly they can obtain all the nutrients necessary for their growth. The teeth not only fulfill the function of helping in feeding, but also allow the little ones to communicate and smile. Which helps them to develop more effective communication skills. Knowing how to take care of children’s teeth is essential. The first teeth leave the space so that the permanent ones can appear and when your little one grows up; he has a healthy denture. Take into account that permanent teeth are forming under the gums during the first years of children. You should be careful that your child does not lose their milk teeth too soon, as this can cause problems. It may happen that your child is playing and a tooth becomes loose or falls too soon. This causes permanent teeth to move into empty space, which can make it difficult teeth to grow out the gums with ease.

Fundamental Aspects Of Orthodontic Appliances
Fundamental Aspects Of Orthodontic Appliances Some children do not see the time to have their orthodontic appliances because they see them as a sign that they are reaching adolescence. Others, on the other hand, care about how they will feel or look. Regardless of how your child feels, you probably have your own questions and concerns about orthodontic appliances (including the payment method!). Below you will find information about children and orthodontic appliances.

Why children need braces

The causes for which a child may need orthodontic appliances are diverse: crooked, overlapping or crowded teeth, or a bad bite (called “malocclusion”). The malocclusion occurs when the size of the upper and lower jaw do not match. When the upper jaw is larger than the lower one, the bite is called an overbite . When the lower jaw is larger, it is called an inverted bite . Sometimes, problems with the teeth and the jaw are due to the falling of the baby teeth too soon, to accidents or habits, such as thumb sucking. But often the problems are hereditary. Therefore, if a person in the family needed braces, children may also need them. Often, your child’s dentist will be the first to notice problems during a regular checkup and will recommend that you see an orthodontist (a dentist who specializes in correcting problems with the jaw and teeth alignment). The orthodontist can decide if the child really needs braces and which ones would be the best. There is no fixed age for a child’s first visit to the orthodontist: some children go at age 6, others at 10 and some go when they are teenagers. Even adults may need orthodontic treatment. Many orthodontists say that children should see the orthodontist once permanent teeth start to come out, at approximately 7 years of age. At that age, problems such as an uneven bite or crowding of the teeth are already visible. The fact of starting the process at an early age does not mean that the child will have devices immediately. It simply means that the orthodontist can detect the problems and decide on the best time to start treatment.

First visit to the orthodontist

During the first visit, the orthodontist will examine your child’s teeth, mouth and jaw thoroughly. You may be asked to bite with your teeth together and may ask questions about whether your child has trouble biting or swallowing, or if his jaw is ever locked. The orthodontist may take an x-ray of the mouth and teeth to see how the teeth are located and if there is still a permanent tooth to leave. You may also take a mold (or impression) of your child’s teeth by pressing a small plaque with a rubbery material against the upper and lower teeth. Once the mold is removed and the material hardens, the result is a replica of your child’s teeth, which will allow the orthodontist to decide on the best treatment options.