5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Baby’s Teeth

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Baby’s Teeth

As your little one grows, the eruption of new teeth is just one part of the process. If this is your first child, you may have a number of questions about what will be involved in caring for your baby’s teeth. With that in mind, we’ve compiled this list of 5 things parents should know about an infant’s oral care.

  1. Your baby was born with all of his or her teeth. You just can’t see any of them yet. The first one should break through the skin by age 6 months. The full set of 20 should be in place by age 3.
  2. Baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth. Sure, they start falling out about 6 years after they first grow in, but that doesn’t mean they are throwaway. They are a vital part of your child’s eating and learning to speak properly, and they also serve as placeholders for adult teeth.
  3. You should start brushing your infant’s teeth right from when the first one appears.
  4. Drooling is completely normal during the teething process. In fact, it is a good thing. The saliva keeps the gums moist and reduces inflammation. That makes the whole process a little less uncomfortable for your baby.
  5. Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle. This can lead to a condition called baby bottle tooth decay. If the natural milk sugars stay on a baby’s teeth all night, tooth decay can set in early on.

Helping Parents to Provide the Best Dental Care for Their Children

At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we focus on prevention, right from the eruption of your baby’s first tooth. In fact, it is recommended that a baby have his or her first dental visit immediately after the first tooth appears and by birthday number 1 at the latest. To schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists, call 619-741-1500 now.