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Children's Teeth

Children’s Teeth

Deciduous teeth, primary teeth or baby teeth as they are more commonly known are just as important as the permanent teeth we grow up to have.

Many parents think that they do not need to be concerned about their child’s baby teeth as it’s only the permanent ones that matter. However, primary teeth which are missing, broken or filled with decay can lead to an array of serious problems for the secondary teeth which are preparing to come through.

Baby teeth serve significant functions including:-

Helping children chew healthy foods, therefore providing nutrition 
Assisting in the normal development of jaw bones and facial muscles 
Helping to make speech possible
Adding to an attractive appearance 
Reserving space for the permanent teeth and helping to guide them into the correct position

Although some deciduous teeth only last for five or six years, the back baby teeth are there for a bit longer, usually until the child is 11 or 12 years old. If those baby teeth are carrying decay or other dental diseases, the root of the tooth can become infected and the infection can then be passed on to the new teeth as they emerge.

Sometimes, additional dental work is required to make enough space for a secondary tooth which has not erupted due to the primary tooth being lost too soon.

Therefore, baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth. Healthy primary teeth are the foundation for a healthy set of secondary teeth.

Interdental Cleaning

Interdental Cleaning

Interdental cleaners range from dental floss to small interdental brushes. They are used in between the teeth to clean them and the gums much better than an ordinary toothbrush can.

Patients who have a considerable amount of fillings, orthodontic patients or patients with particular periodontal problems are recommended to use interdental cleaning aids as they have particular needs. However, patients outside these categories should still be cleaning between their teeth on a daily basis.

Why we should clean between our teeth:- 

A significant portion of our teeth surfaces are located underneath the gum line and in between the teeth. These places cannot be reached with a toothbrush and it is known as the interdental area.

Most plaque, which is the sticky bacteria that builds up on your teeth and gums, is found in the interdental area. Gum inflammation usually starts between the teeth in the gum tissue, which is one of the first signs of gum disease. To ensure the plaque is fully removed we need special instruments and devices such as floss and interdental brushes to use as well as our toothbrushes to ensure problems such as gum inflammation and cavities are kept at bay.

You should use these interdental cleaning aids at least once a day between the teeth. It will disrupt the bacteria building up on your teeth and gums and stop it from growing and spreading.

Floss is the most well-known interdental aid. Using floss every day reduces plaque and inflammation of the gums.

Interdental brushes may be easier to use for some people than floss. They have a handle and come in a wide range of sizes.

You can ask your dentist what the best interdental cleaning aid would be for you and your mouth.

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