The moment your baby gets their first tooth can be exciting. But, when your child starts showing signs of discomfort, you may wonder what you can do to help them. Or, if your friends' babies got their first tooth, but yours is still giving you a toothless grin, you may worry about their development.
Parenting can be full of confusion and anxiety, especially when it comes to our little one's health. That's why it's important to have a pediatric dentist and talk to them whenever you have a question or think that something is not right.
As for when baby teeth usually come in, here's a general overview.
Most babies will have their teeth come in between the age of 6 to 12 months. However, each child develops at a different rate, and it's normal for some babies to have their first teeth erupting quite late. Others, on the other hand, will show the first signs of teething at only 3 months old.
You will know your baby is teething because they will start drooling excessively, stick their hands or toys in their mouth, and become a bit fussier than usual.
Here's a general timeline of baby teeth growth:
A lot of parents make the mistake of assuming that baby teeth don't need that much attention since they will fall out anyway. But, these teeth will set the tone for your child's oral health and it's important to take proper care of them.
Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Add fluoride to your child’s diet around the age of 6 months. This mineral helps prevent tooth decay and keeps the enamel strong. Talk to your child’s pediatrician to make sure the fluoride intake is the right one.
While teething, babies can go through discomfort or pain. You can help ease some of that pain by massaging their gums. Also, don't forget to clean their gums too when brushing their teeth.
If you're not sure what to use, ask your pediatric dentist and follow their advice. Some products may contain ingredients that can have unwanted side effects.
Keep your baby’s teeth clean and strong by using fluoride toothpaste. If you have doubts about when to start brushing your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste or you're not sure what the best products are, your pediatric dentist can help you.
The moment you see the first tooth emerging, that's the best time to make an appointment with a pediatric dentist. They will tell you everything you need to know about taking care of your baby's teeth.
At The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids, you will find a team of caring and compassionate dentists who will take great care of your children.
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