Baby’s First Tooth

Babies are born with their baby teeth underneath the gums. Most children have teeth beginning to break through around 6 months of age. Your child will likely have all of their baby teeth by age 3. It is important to keep their teeth healthy as they grow.

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How can I keep my child’s gums healthy?

Tooth decay from bottles is a common problem for many babies. This can happen if babies drink milk, formula or juice out of bottles for a long period of time. Prolonged exposure to sugary drinks can cause cavities. This can be caused when the bottle remains in the babies mouth for too long. If you put the babies feeding spoon or pacifier in your own mouth, bacteria from your mouth can be transferred over through saliva. Here are things you can do to prevent baby bottle tooth decay:

  • Wipe down babiy’s gums with a clean, damp washcloth after feedings.
  • Avoid filling bottles with sugary beverages including sugar water, fruit juice or soft drinks.
  • Finish feeding before the infant is put down in their bed.
  • Switch from bottles to a cup before the child’s first birthday.
  • Don’t force a pacifier. If your child uses one, use the orthodontic type and wean off as quickly as possible.

When do I start brushing baby teeth?

  • When the first teeth begin to pop up you can gradually start brushing their teeth. Choose a soft brush and use water only at first. You can begin to use a bit of toothpaste (size of a grain of rice). By the time your child is three you can increase the amount of fluoride toothpaste to a pea-sized amount. Brush gently all around the teeth. Lookout for any signs of tooth decay and alert your dentist if there are any problems.

What age should dental visits start?

A child should have their first dental visit by age 1. Your dentist can help you with the proper method for cleaning their teeth, address any concerns and help start an early habit for keeping the teeth healthy. (Read more on your child’s first trip to the dentist)

How can I help with teething?

Teething can be painful and may cause your child to be fussy, irritable, and unable to sleep. Teething does not cause a baby to become sick so make sure to visit the doctor if your baby is sick despite the teething. Give your teething baby something soft to chew on. Make sure the teething ring is large enough so there is not a risk of choking. You can also use a mild pain reliever, your doctor can recommend one.

 

 

 

Follow these tips to help your baby develop healthy oral care habits early on. Have questions about your child’s tooth care or any concerns? Please contact us at 360-438-8299 (Lacey office) or 360-736-0795 (Centralia office).

Source: Web MD

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