Baby Teeth

Baby teeth (or primary teeth) can begin to erupt as early as six months of age and can stay in your child’s mouth until he or she is 12 years old. People often think that because baby teeth aren’t permanent they’re not important. Nope.

Primary teeth help children develop bones and muscles and speak more easily. They also promote a positive self-image for the child, and help guide the child’s permanent teeth into the right spot.

So be sure to take care of and monitor the health of the child’s teeth. Practice good hygiene and be on the lookout for discomfort and infections. Know that keeping your child’s teeth healthy helps keep your child healthy.

Check out Healthy Mouth for the ADA for a guide to Tooth Eruption.