- by Dr. Punyatoya Sahoo
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- Feb 27 2018
Why milk teeth are just as important as permanent teeth
Your child’s first tooth appears within the first 6 months to 1 year and these baby teeth play a very important role in development. The milk teeth are often neglected because everyone thinks they fall off anyway but forget to understand that these are the ones that pave way for the permanent set of teeth.
What role do milk teeth play?
- They establish the place for permanent teeth to grow
- Help children chew food with ease
- In clear and quick speaking abilities
- Constructing jawline
If the milk teeth begin to decay, a condition called early tooth caries, affects the growth of permanent teeth that are growing below. Poor oral hygiene has a huge impact on the development as it prevents proper eruption and growth of the permanent teeth.
Infant dental problems
Tooth decay in infants is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay and this condition most commonly affects the upper front teeth. This decay occurs due to poor oral hygiene and excessive exposure to sugar filled drinks. The most common reason for this is because the infant if fed during bed time.
When the child sips on the bottle and falls asleep, some amount of the milk remains in the mouth, soaking their teeth in it. The teeth soaking in the sugar make way for tooth decay.
Precautions to prevent tooth decay
The best way to avoid this trouble is to pay close attention to milk teeth hygiene. As an infant, the minute a tooth begins to erupt, clean it with your finger or a soft bristled brush after meals to avoid decay. As the child grows older, teach them how to brush, its importance and always keep a watch on their routine to ensure they are doing things right.
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