New parents undoubtedly have a lot to think about, from how to feed a newborn to ensuring that a baby stays healthy in every way. One of the biggest milestones in a baby’s young life is the emergence of baby teeth, which will eventually be used for one of the most essential and enjoyable activities of all: eating.
Newborn babies generally get their first teeth around the ages of four to six months. Once this happens, parents should begin to brush the teeth that have come in to ensure that all new teeth are healthy and don’t begin to decay. Furthermore, a baby’s first dental appointment should be scheduled about six months after the first tooth emerges.
Watch the video below to learn more about what the folks at the American Dental Association have to say in regards to what you can expect when your baby’s first teeth come in:
“An important part of your baby’s development is when her teeth come in. Did you know that babies are actually born with all of their undeveloped teeth in their jaws? They’re known as tooth buds, and they’re the foundations of what will become baby teeth. When they are ready, they push through the gums. Baby teeth are very important to your child’s health and development. They help him or her chew, speak and smile. When your baby is between four to six months, the first tooth may begin to appear. Every child is different, but usually, the first teeth to come in are located in the top and bottom front of their mouth. Signs that your baby is teething can include fussiness, drooling, lack of sleep, or loss of appetite. Diahreea, a rash, or fever is not normal for a teething baby. If your baby has a fever or diarrhea while teething, continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your pediatrician. Sore gums are common in a baby that is teething. Gently rubbing your babies gums with a clean finger, a cool teething ring, or a moist gauze pad can be soothing. Avoid over-the-counter benzocaine products for children younger than two. Most children have their full set of 20 baby teeth in place by age three. Adult teeth start to appear around age six. Time flies so fast. Pretty soon she’ll be placing her teeth under the pillow for the tooth fairy.”
If you have any questions about your dental health or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.