The Importance Of Baby Teeth

Posted by McKeel Family Dentistry on Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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McKeel Family Dentistry Helps Families In Gresham Start With Good Dental Care From The Beginning

Michael McKeel, DMD and the staff at McKeel Family Dentistry know that when your baby finally begins to get her teeth in, it can be a stressful time for families. Michael McKeel, DMD is dedicated to helping Gresham parents understand your baby’s dental needs. It is never too soon, after all, to start on the path to good dental health.

When Do Baby Teeth Come In?

When your baby is born, her baby teeth are already present in her jaws. The teeth begin to appear when a baby is between 6 months and 1 year old. Most children will have a full set of 20 primary baby teeth by the time they are three. As most Gresham patients will know, when a baby’s teeth first come in, it can cause sore or tender gums. To help relieve this, Michael McKeel, DMD recommends gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger, a small, cool spoon, or a wet gauze pad. You can also give your baby a clean teething ring to chew on. If your child seems to be cranky or in pain, call your physician or your dentist, Michael McKeel, DMD.

Why Are Baby Teeth Important?

Although these are not the teeth your child will have forever, baby teeth are very important to your child’s health and development. Baby teeth help your child learn to chew, speak, and smile. Additionally, baby teeth also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. Should a baby tooth be lost too early, it can cause issues for the permanent teeth. The permanent teeth can drift into the empty space. Later, this makes it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make teeth crooked or crowded. That’s why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.

When Should I Start Taking My Child To The Dentist?

Michael McKeel, DMD recommends bringing your child for her first check-up as soon as her first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday. During these early check-ups, your dentist can check for cavities and other problems as well as show you how to clean your child’s teeth properly and how to handle habits like thumb sucking. Gresham families can rely on McKeel Family Dentistry for quality dentistry services for babies and our other young patients.

Visit McKeel Family Dentistry In Gresham

Making regular visits to your dentist is the key to maintaining good dental health.

Dr. Michael L. McKeel, DMD, has almost 50 years of experience providing oral health services to the Gresham community and specializes in dental bonding procedures. We have a friendly, family-oriented staff committed to providing each of our patients with the best dental care services in Gresham.

Trust McKeel Family Dentistry in Gresham to meet the needs of your family’s complete oral health. Learn about the wide range of dental services we offer, including children’s dentistrycosmetic dentistry, dental bonding, exams and cleanings, and much more. To schedule a visit or if you have questions, please contact us or call us at (503) 665-8888.


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