Keeping your child's baby teeth healthy and strong is important to their oral and overall health and development. Baby teeth begin to appear around 6 months and can last until a child is 13 or 14. They are an important part of your child's speech development, self-confidence and play a significant role in the placement of permanent adult teeth.

Without proper care and attention children can suffer from dental disease , even babies and toddlers can experience early childhood decay . Dental decay is painful and can lead to tooth loss or infection. If treatment is required, a dentist may recommend sedation for your child .

The good news is that dental disease is preventable. Establishing dental habits early, including regular dental exams starting at age one, can set your child up for a lifetime of good dental health.