Taking Care of Baby Teeth To Avoid Braces

Taking Care of Baby Teeth To Avoid Braces

Healthy baby teeth are essential to the proper development of your child’s mouth. Taking care of baby teeth now will go a long way in preventing orthodontic problems and the need for braces later on.

Baby teeth are extremely important to children’s health and development. They allow children to eat and digest food efficiently, and to speak properly too. 

Baby teeth also play an important role in another area: the growth pattern of adult teeth. Since they function as place holders and guides for the erupting permanent teeth, the health of baby teeth can have a tremendous impact on whether or not a child will need braces down the road.

If the baby teeth fall out early due to decay or injury, the permanent teeth may erupt in the wrong positions. That's why good oral hygiene and a thorough brushing and flossing routine are just as important when your child has his or her baby teeth as it is when the permanent teeth come in.

It’s never too early to start your child’s oral hygiene routine!

To get a good head start, you should start cleaning your child’s teeth on a regular basis as soon as they start coming in. Even before that, wiping the gums with a damp cloth after meals can help reduce bacteria. And of course, teaching your child to brush and floss should start as early as possible, too.

If you child’s baby teeth fall out too soon, an orthodontist can prescribe a space maintainer to keep the surrounding teeth from shifting into the wrong positions until the permanent teeth come in. That way, the emerging permanent teeth will still have the structure necessary to grow in where they're supposed to.

If you need some advice on caring for your child’s baby teeth, or have questions about how space maintainers work, please feel free to get in touch with the Ridge Meadows Orthodontics team!

Book your first orthodontic consultation today at myOrthodontist Maple Ridge.