Poor care for primary teeth can affect the development of permanent teeth, and for a good reason. These primary teeth act as holding spaces in a person's jaw for permanent teeth to erupt, according to the University of Washington. Because the timetable for permanent-tooth eruption varies for each child, making sure your kid is practicing great, daily oral care is the best way to protect your child's teeth (and sockets) and stave off any risk of plaque buildup or early gingivitis.
Select a deep-cleaning toothpaste such as Colgate® Kids Cavity Protection, which has a welcoming fruit flavor your kids will love and provides a decay-fighting fluoride young kids can benefit from. Just as important, caring for the socket after the tooth falls out includes the same level of oral care you should teach your child to practice daily:
- Inspect his or her teeth together for any signs of continued inflammation after brushing to make sure they've done a thorough job.
- Teach your child to brush properly two times daily using a soft-bristled brush.
- Have your child floss at least once daily.
- Avoid an excess of sugary snacks.
Practicing good oral care is an important habit for all children to take up. But the best way to sail through the "losing first tooth" stage is to make sure the tooth fairy is on standby when the big moment arrives.