Have your baby’s teeth started coming in? Does your baby seem fussy lately? As a concerned parent, you may have many questions about baby teeth and if/when your baby’s teeth are coming in.
Here are the top five things every parent should know about baby teeth:
1)When Do Baby Teeth Erupt? When Do They Fall Out?
For most babies, the first tooth appears at around the six months and it is almost always one of the lower front teeth. However, do not fret if your baby’s teeth have not come in yet. There is great variability in when the first tooth may appear. Some may not even have teeth by their first birthday! With that said, your child should have all 20 baby teeth by around age 3
It is also important to know when these baby teeth will fall out. Most children start losing their baby teeth at age six or seven. You can expect baby teeth to fall out in the same order that they erupted, meaning that the lower front teeth will be the first ones lost.
2) Why Are Baby Teeth Important if They are Going to Fall Out Anyway?
Baby teeth are far from disposable. They heavily contribute to your child’s facial development and future dental health. Baby teeth allow young children to bite, chew and speak properly. They also hold space for permanent teeth, and many bad habits, such as fingersucking, can affect the
shape of your child’s permanent bite. If your child has a cavity, you should definitely come see us at Hifive Kids Dental to take care of them.
3)When And How Should I Brush My Baby’s Teeth?
Good dental hygiene should start in infancy. We suggest gently wiping your baby’s gums with a soft, damp cloth after every meal. Once baby teeth have erupted, they can begin brushing twice a day with a smear of fluoride toothpaste. By age three, children can have a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when brushing. However, you should monitor and assist your child in proper brushing until around seven or eight years old.
4)When Should My Child Start Seeing A Dentist?
We advise making your child’s first dental appointment after the first tooth eruption or by their first birthday. Pediatric dentists specialize in dental care in children. They will ensure that your child’s teeth are developing as expected and keep dental problems at bay. Regular dental checkups during childhood are crucial in instilling good life-time oral hygiene habits.
5) How Can I Help Soothe My Baby’s Teething Pain?
Swollen and tender gums are normal when baby teeth erupt. Your baby may also be drooling a little more than usual. You can help ease any teething pain by massaging your baby’s gum with clean fingers or a solid teething ring. Make sure to stay away from teething tablets that contain
belladonna and benzocaine, which have been shown to have adverse side effects. Amber teething necklaces are also not recommended as any necklace around an infant’s neck poses a choking hazard. Infant Tylenol or Advil can be given if baby is especially fussy and appears to be in pain
Are you looking for a kids dentist in the Pickering/Ajax area? Our team of children’s dental specialists at Hifive Kids Dental is here to help! From infant exams to child orthodontics, we offer comprehensive dental care services that will help your child maintain good oral health from
a young age. Visit Hifive Kids Dental today!