From their first gummy grin to their senior photos, your little one’s smile undergoes quite the transformation throughout the years. It’s natural to feel some anxiety over how exactly to care for your child’s teeth and gums, especially if you are a first-time parent. That’s why we are sharing four must-know facts about baby teeth! Keep reading to learn what they are.
#1: Baby Teeth Are Important
All too often, parents forget just how important primary teeth are. After all, it’s not like they impact your child’s permanent set of teeth, right? Wrong! In reality, your little one’s baby teeth play a crucial role in the alignment and position of their adult teeth, ensure they can chew pain-free throughout the years, and help with speech and facial development. So, make sure to help your child care for them properly by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and limiting their sugar consumption.
#2. Most Babies Develop Teeth Between 6 and 12 Months
Although every child develops differently, you can expect their first tooth to make an appearance between 6 and 12 months. Typically, the bottom front teeth emerge initially, followed by their top teeth. Many kids have all of their baby teeth in place by the age of three, and it isn’t until around the age of six that they begin loosening to make room for their permanent set.
#3. Massaging Their Gums Can Ease Teething Pain
Hearing the cries of your child while they struggle with teething pain can be heart-wrenching. To help ease their discomfort, try using a clean finger to gently massage their gums. You can also use items that provide a cooling sensation, like slushy applesauce or a slightly frozen washcloth, to numb the area. Just make sure to stay away from teething rings that have potentially toxic gels inside.
#4. Their First Dental Appointment Should Be Around Their 1st Birthday
The American Association of Pediatric Dentists recommends scheduling your baby’s first trip to the dentist around their first birthday (or sooner if their teeth emerge before then). Not only does this give their pediatric dentist a chance to check on the condition of their teeth and gums, but it also provides you with a valuable opportunity to get insight into how to take care of their smile throughout their development. If you have any questions, they are your greatest resource!
Your child’s smile lights up your world in a way you never knew was possible, and their pediatric dentist is there to ensure it stays in pristine condition throughout the years. So, make sure to start bringing your little one in around their first birthday and every six months after that!
About the Practice
At Tic-Tac-Tooth Pediatric Dentistry, our entire practice is centered around helping your child have a phenomenal experience at the dentist. That’s why our board-certified dental team uses the latest in proven dental technology in a kid-friendly, welcoming environment. We love being a reliable resource for you and your child’s smile throughout the years, so don’t hesitate to reach out via our website or by phone at 630-995-3393 if you have any questions!