Are you planning to have a baby or are you expecting one? If so, it’s never too early to educate yourself on your baby’s tooth development. When you are aware as to how to nurture their teeth as they grow, you’ll put them on the right track for healthy teeth and gums from the baby and toddler years into their teens.
Some Common Questions About Baby Teeth:
When Do Their Primary Teeth Start Growing?
Primary teeth (“baby teeth”) start growing at around six months of age.
When Do I Start Bringing My Baby To The Dentist?
Your baby’s first dental visit should happen by the time they turn one … or within six months of getting their first tooth.
When Is the Ideal Time To Start Brushing My Child’s Teeth?
It’s as simple as: as soon as they appear!
Is Enamel Different on Baby Teeth?
Enamel on baby teeth is brand new, so it’s unfortunately not as strong as it is on adult teeth. That also means that it is more susceptible to decay from bacteria and sugar = easier to get cavities.
How Old Are Kids When They Lose Their First Baby Teeth?
At around age five or six, children will lose their two front bottom teeth.
What Does Teething Mean?
When your baby’s teeth start to push through, this is called “teething”. It goes without saying that this is very uncomfortable. Fortunately, the pain usually stops when the tooth becomes visible.
How Will I Know That Teething Is Going To Happen Soon?
Your sweet baby may get red, hot cheeks and swollen gums. They may be trying to chew on more things than usual, as well as dribble. Their mood will also likely be affected due to the irritation. Hang in there – it’s temporary!
How Can I Best Comfort My Teething Baby?
Give them lots of love, comfort, attention, and care. Buy them a couple of teething rings to have on hand that you can chill in the fridge (not freezer) … but never give medication unless you have been instructed to do so by your pediatrician. Always, always, always reach out to your doctor or dentist if you are unsure of what to do.