These important facts demonstrate the critical role that the primary teeth play in the development of the child's mouth and jaw. This is why in the dental profession the primary teeth are often referred to as the"foundation teeth." While children start to lose some of their primary teeth at about age six, some primary teeth remain as pillars in their mouths until the child is 12 or 13 years old.
To protect your child's primary teeth, we encourage you to start on a program of prevention - starting with an early dental checkup. Pediatric dentists today recommend that the first checkup should be when the child's first tooth erupts or by age 1. At this time, the child can be started on a program of cleaning, good dietary choices and correct use of fluorides. And if there are problems - like the improper use of nursing and the bottle, some of the major causes of decay in baby teeth - they can be detected and treated before they lead to more serious situations.