Baby teeth do eventually fall out, but until they do, they play a very important role in helping your child chew and bite food, and speak clearly. It is very important to take good care of your child's baby teeth regardless. This will also teach them how to properly care for their teeth creating healthy habits at their young age. Many of the same treatment and evaluation options that adults have are also available to kids. These include X-rays, dental sealants, orthodontic treatment and more.
What to Expect During Childhood
- Loose teeth
When a child is about 6 years old, his/her teeth will begin to come loose. It is a good idea to allow your child to wiggle their tooth until it finally falls out on its own. This will minimize the pain and bleeding associated as well.
Cavities can develop when sugar-containing foods are allowed to stay in the mouth for a long time. Bacteria that live on the teeth feast on these bits of food and can eat away at tooth enamel. Saliva washes away the acid between meals, but if your child is always eating, there may not be time for this acid to get washed away.