5 Facts You May Not Know About Your Baby’s Teeth
When your baby starts to experience tooth eruption, teething, and other dental firsts, you may be at a loss as far as what to do. There is a lot of information available on the Internet, and not all of it is good, so we wanted to compile this list of 5 important and interesting facts about baby teeth.
- Baby teeth are already formed at birth. They are just still under the gum line waiting to break All 20 baby teeth should be visible by age 3.
- Baby teeth are placeholders for adult teeth. One mistake new parents may make is thinking that primary teeth are not as important because they eventually fall out anyway. However, your child needs those teeth while learning to chew and speak. Plus, having primary teeth in place will help permanent teeth grow in properly.
- You should start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they erupt. Use water until your child understands the need to spit out toothpaste.
- Drooling is normal during teething. Extra saliva helps to reduce gum inflammation by keeping the gums moist.
- Baby bottle tooth decay can result when a child bottle feeds for too long. It is also important not to put a child to bed with a bottle, as milk staying on the teeth all night can cause decay. Be sure to brush after each feeding.
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