Primary teeth, also known as “baby teeth” or “deciduous teeth”, begin to develop beneath the gums during the second trimester of pregnancy. Teeth begin to emerge above the gums approximately six months to one year after birth. Typically, preschool children have a complete set of 20 baby teeth – including four molars on each arch.
One of the most common misconceptions about primary teeth is that they are irrelevant to the child’s future oral health. However, their importance is emphasized by the American Dental Association (ADA), which urges parents to schedule a “baby checkup” with a pediatric dentist within six months of the first tooth emerges.
FIRST VISIT, FIRST TOOTH
The Canadian Dental Association recommends the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with his or her teeth.
Parents have a big role to play in keeping a child’s teeth healthy and clean. Prevention starts at home, with good eating habits and daily cleaning of the teeth. You should start cleaning your child’s mouth even before your child has teeth. It gets both you and your child into the habit of keeping the mouth clean, and it gives baby (or primary) teeth a clean place to come into.
Sealants for permanent teeth- Fissure sealants are places on chewing surface of permanent teeth. Sealants create a seal on the tooth making it difficult to trap food and bacteria. Thereby decreasing the chance of cavities.
Space maintainers- When children lose their baby teeth earlier than normal time range; Space maintainers prevent the adjacent teeth to take that space and help the adult teeth to erupt.