Your Infant’s First Teeth—An FAQ
When it comes to your infant’s first teeth, you may wonder how to deal with things such as teething as well as questions dealing with proper dental care. Here are 4 frequently asked questions about baby teeth that you may find informative.
1. When Should My Baby’s Teeth First Start Growing In?
This is a good question, and the answer is different from child to child. Most children will have a full set of primary teeth by age 3. Some can start to experience tooth eruption by 6 months of age. Most baby teeth grow in somewhere between 6 months and 2.5 years.
2. How Do I Care for My Baby’s First Teeth?
Actually, before your child even has any teeth, you can care for gums by wiping them with a clean, wet washcloth after feeding. As teeth erupt, you should brush your child’s teeth using water and a soft bristle brush. By the time the child is 2, you can start using a tiny amount of toothpaste. Be sure to schedule a pediatric dental checkup as soon as the first tooth erupts or by age 1.
3. Why Care for Temporary Teeth?
Primary teeth are placeholders for temporary teeth. Tooth decay or lost temporary teeth can affect how permanent teeth erupt. Also, lack of proper oral care can lead to gum disease at any age.
4. How Do I Deal with Teething?
A cool, clean washcloth may be used to massage sore gums gently. A chilled teething ring may also help, but care should be taken to keep it sterile. You may need to consult a pediatric dentist if these tips do not provide enough assistance.
Scheduling Your Baby’s First Appointment
BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry would be proud to handle your infant’s first dental appointment. To learn more about what to expect at this appointment, read our page entitled The First Visit. Then call 619-741-1500 to make an appointment and get your child started on the road to the best preventative pediatric dental care.