Posted on May 31, 2022 | Hot Topics
A toothless baby smile is cute, but just wait until their first few teeth make an appearance!
A baby’s twenty primary teeth are already present in the jaw at birth. They typically begin to appear when a baby is between six months and a year old. Most children have a full set of twenty primary teeth by the time they turn three. Every child is different, but usually the first teeth to come in are located in the tip and bottom front of their mouth.
When teeth are first coming in, some babies may have sore or tender gums. You can help soothe this by gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger, a small, cool spoon, or a wet rag. You can also provide your baby with a clean teething ring to chew on. If your baby is still cranky and in pain, try reaching out to the dentist or physician.
Baby teeth are very important to your child’s health and development. They help your baby chew, speak, and smile. They also hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth that are growing beneath the gums. A baby tooth lost too early can allow for a permanent tooth to drift into the empty space and make it difficult for the other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can cause crooked or crowded teeth later on. That’s why starting off your infant with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.
This should happen after the first tooth comes in and no later than their first birthday. The dental visit at this early age is a “well-baby checkup” for their teeth. Apart from just checking for cavities and other dental problems, the dentist can show you how to clean the child’s teeth properly and how to handle habits like thumb sucking.
It is very important to care for your infant’s teeth from the start. Here is what you should do:
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