Seeing your baby’s first tooth start to appear through their bright pink gums is an exciting time in a parent’s life. It’s a milestone that is quickly marked in the baby book and on social media for friends and family to admire. While exciting, we also understand that a teething infant comes with its own set of challenges and new obstacles. You may be having thoughts, such as how to care for your child’s tooth and when to see the dentist.
Pediatric dentist Dr. Kimmy is passionate about baby dental care at her Manhasset, NY practice and understands the importance that baby teeth play in your child’s development. She will carefully guide you through the process and be available to answer questions throughout your child’s journey. Continue reading to learn what baby dental care steps you can take now to ensure your child develops a healthy smile. To book you child’s first appointment, contact our Manhasset, NY practice today online or by calling 516-365-4KID.
Symptoms of Early Teething
Knowing the signs of early teething can help you be better prepared for what’s ahead without being alarmed when changes in behavior occur. Some of the first signs include increased drooling, followed by bouts of irritability. They may also have a tendency to stick fingers or other hard items in their mouth and chew or bite down. Other symptoms can include:
- Gum swelling and tenderness
- Refusal to eat
- Changers in sleeping pattern
- Restless sleep
Common Teething Remedies
If you notice a spike in temperature, followed by a rash or diarrhea, it’s important to call your pediatrician immediately for the best steps to take. When side effects are restricted to the mouth, there are a few common baby dental care teething remedies that can be implemented to make your child more comfortable.
To help ease your child’s discomfort, you can rub their gums with a cool, wet washcloth and provide them with an approved rubber teething ring to chew on. Since certain foods may cause irritation, try feeding them a cool, soft foods diet. You can also provide them with cool water in a bottle as the nipple and coolness of the water can help alleviate sore gums. Avoid filling the bottle with fruit juice, milk, or formula, as sucking on any of these all day can increase their risk for decay.
What Order Do Teeth Come In?
On average, children begin teething around six to eight months old, although it may happen sooner or later. Some children do not get their first tooth until 12 to 14 months of age. The two bottom front teeth are typically the first to erupt, and are quickly followed by the two top front teeth. From there, your child will develop remaining incisors, first molars, and canines. The upper and lower second molars are usually the last to develop and will start to come in around 23 to 33 months.
Other common primary teeth eruption facts include:
- Your child will develop four teeth every six months
- Girls typically develop teeth before boys
- Lower teeth generally erupt before upper teeth
- Teeth erupt in pairs
- Primary teeth are smaller and whiter than permanent teeth
- By the time your child is three they should have all their primary teeth
Why Baby Teeth Are Important
Your child’s baby teeth play a crucial role in helping them learn how to speak, chew, and smile. They also assist in the eruption and development of permanent teeth.
If a baby tooth is damaged or lost prematurely, it can cause the permanent tooth to improperly erupt and lead to overcrowding and crooked teeth. Unhealthy baby teeth can also cause harm to your child’s permanent teeth and long-term oral health concerns. By caring for your child’s teeth early on, you can help them preserve a healthy smile long into their adult years.
Contact Pediatric Dentist Dr. Kimmy
It’s important to implement baby dental care once the first tooth erupts, or no later than your child’s first birthday. By scheduling an appointment with Dr. Kimmy, she can offer tips and tricks to make baby dental care easier for both you and baby. Contact our office today online or by calling 516-365-4KID to book your child’s first visit.
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