Every parent wants to do what's best for their child, but too many have a mistaken idea of what that means, especially when it comes to kids' dental care. It's likely you've learned some misconceptions about baby teeth. The best way to overcome these mistaken ideas is to consult with your children's dentist. Alaska Dentistry for Kids in Anchorage recommends starting with these three common dental myths.
Myths About Baby Teeth
1. Baby Teeth Don't Matter Since They'll Just Fall Out
Your child's primary teeth aren't permanent, but they still serve an important role. They help your child learn to speak, allow them to eat a varied diet, and make space for their adult teeth. For this reason, you should care for them just as carefully as you would your child’s permanent teeth.
2. It Doesn't Matter When Baby Teeth Are Lost
It's natural for kids to begin losing teeth around 5 or 6 years of age. Some children may safely lose them before that as part of their natural dental development, but, if teeth are lost due to injury or decay, it’s a problem. If your kid loses teeth prematurely, talk to your children's dentist about space maintenance and other treatment.
3. It's Not Worth Taking a Child to the Dentist Until They Have More Teeth
From the moment your child's first teeth emerge, they need appropriate care, including cleaning and dental exams to make sure they're developing properly. You should schedule a dental visit for your child as soon as they get their first teeth, since waiting longer increases their risk of decay.
The best source for information about your child's teeth is a children's dentist. If you have questions about dental care or need to schedule an appointment, contact Alaska Dentistry for Kids at (907) 274-2525 today or visit them online.