They’re tiny, white and perfect. We call them baby teeth, and they’re so precious — but did you know that decay can begin with the very first one? And that regular dental cleanings and exams are just as important for your child’s teeth as they are for yours? Learn more about caring for your little one’s teeth from the children’s dentist in Thornton, CO today.

Baby Teeth Matter

Because they’re eventually lost and replaced by new ones, some people believe a child’s primary teeth aren’t really all that important. As the children’s dentist you trust, we’re here to dispel that myth. You should know this: baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth.

These primary, or baby teeth, help your child chew and speak — and they also hold space until the permanent teeth are ready to erupt. When baby teeth are lost too early due to accidents or decay, their permanent replacements may drift in out of place, resulting in crowded teeth and other orthodontic issues later on.

The conclusion is simple. For strong, healthy teeth that last a lifetime, good oral health is vital in young children.

How to Care for Your Baby’s First Teeth

Before your infant even has teeth, you should clean his gums with a washcloth or clean gauze after feedings.

Once teeth begin to erupt between the ages of six months and one year, you can carefully brush these first teeth using no more than a smear of toothpaste containing fluoride. Continue to brush your child’s teeth with a tiny amount of toothpaste, twice a day.

For children ages three to six, you can use a pea size amount of fluoridated toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth twice a day. And once teeth start to fit closely together, add flossing to the routine, too.

Check out this baby teeth eruption chart from the American Dental Association to understand when each tooth should appear.

When Your Child Should Begin Visiting the Dentist

Just like with your own oral health, regular visits to the dentist are vital in maintaining healthy teeth for your child, too. You should schedule your little one’s first dental checkup at Treasured Teeth by the time he turns one. In this initial visit, his calm, caring dentist can perform a quick wellness checkup and a light cleaning. The Treasured Teeth dental team can also instruct you on the proper cleaning techniques for your baby’s little smile.

Schedule Your Little One’s Appointment Today

If it’s close to time for your baby’s first dental appointment, or if it’s been more than six months since your older child’s last oral checkup, don’t wait to contact us. Schedule your child’s appointment with the kids’ dentist in Montrose, Reunion and Thornton, CO right now to keep those tiny teeth healthy today, and for years to come!