The widespread opinion that milk teeth do not need to be cared for so thoroughly, as they are replaced by permanent teeth (at the age of 6 to 8 years), is wrong. Milk teeth form the basis for a later healthy set of teeth and it should therefore be emphasized on the dental care in any case with the breakthrough of the first milk tooth, approximately from the 6th month of life. This prevents the development of caries and the early loss of milk teeth. If milk teeth fall out too early, their important function as space maintainers for the permanent teeth is cancelled. The teeth behind the fallen out tooth move forward (to the middle of the lip) and the permament teeth break through. In the future, this will lead to crowded teeth and, most likely, to the necessity of orthodontic treatment. The orthodontist then has to push the teeth backwards with braces. It is scientifically proven that a carious primary dentition increases the probability of carious permanent teeth.
This is how you do it right: Up to the age of 2 years, it is sufficient to brush teeth with a children’s toothbrush and a child-friendly toothpaste with fluoride content every evening. From the age of 2, brushing teeth is recommended twice a day or after every meal. At about the age of six, children can then clean their teeth themselves. Before that, their fine-motor skills are not quite enough.