"All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth ..."
Losing your two front teeth can be cute if you're a healthy kid (or Spike Jones). But baby teeth are important because they hold space in the jaw for the permanent teeth. Baby teeth are as prone to tooth decay as permanent teeth, so it's critical for parents to clean your child's teeth at home, provide a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits.
A child's first dental office visit should be within six months after the first tooth appears, and no later than the baby's first birthday. Consider this first visit as a "healthy baby checkup" for your child's teeth. We will check for decay and other conditions, show you how to properly clean your child's teeth, and offer advice on diet, pacifier use, and how to prevent injuries.
Parents and our office's dental professionals can work together to teach and practice healthy habits that children will continue into adulthood.
(Thanks to the American Dental Association/American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry)