Elmhurst Dentist Shares The Basics Of “Baby” or Primary Teeth

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jun 22, 2021

If you have a child at home, then you have already experienced first-hand how difficult it can be to get them to do the simplest things—including brushing their teeth! Our Elmhurst family dentists are here to encourage you to stick to it when it comes to guiding your child through dental care. Here’s why…

We all know that primary teeth, or “baby” teeth fall out as adult teeth come in, but that doesn’t mean that you can neglect pediatric oral health. In fact, there are a number of reasons to help your child maintain healthy and strong primary teeth:

  • Children can chew effectively, allowing them to expand their diets
  • Primary teeth aid in proper speech development
  • Practice caring for a healthy smile
  • Kids experience positive self-esteem with whole smiles

You can help your child to maintain a healthy smile by encouraging them to:

  • Brush their teeth every morning and every night
  • Brush for two minutes every time
  • Floss between all of their teeth to remove tough plaque
  • Drink a lot of water during the day
  • Rinse their mouths with water, especially after meals and snacks

Studies have shown that children who have positive experiences in the dentist’s chair have more success maintaining oral health into adulthood. If you want to learn more, or you have questions about pediatric dentistry, in particular, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Elmhurst family dentists by phone or through our website.