6 Facts Parents Should Know About Their Child’s First Tooth

6 Facts Parents Should Know About Their Child’s First Tooth | Livermore Dentists
  1. Teeth typically develop between 6 and 12 months. It is hard to tell when a first tooth may appear. Some babies’ first tooth barely shows up on time for their first birthday! Typically, the first tooth appears in the lower front teeth (central incisors). By age three, they will have all their baby teeth.
  2. Fluoride, which is a mineral that aids in the prevention of tooth decay, should be added to your child’s diet around six months. It helps harden the enamel of teeth and is often added to tap water. Make it a habit of giving your baby a few ounces of water as you start them on solid foods.
  3. You can help soothe your child’s teething pain by massaging sore gums, offering them something cold or acetaminophen on rough night.
  4. While teething does not cause excruciating pain, babies tend to show signs of discomfort in the area where the tooth is coming in. This area may appear swollen and tender. Teething also causes babies to drool a lot more than usual and be a bit more fussy.
  5. Once your child’s teeth begin to appear, brush them twice a day with a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste. It is imperative to do so after their last meal or drink of the day. You should also avoid giving them a bottle in bed, since prolonged exposure to milk can cause decay.
  6. Try to schedule an appointment when their first tooth appears. If you can, take your child to see a pediatric dentist, who can help make sure all teeth are developing typically and that there are no dental problems. Also, they can give you advice on how to maintain oral hygiene properly.

No matter your child’s age, making sure they get regular teeth cleaning and oral check-ups can help you prevent bacteria buildup in their mouth and help you maintain their overall health. Call Foothill Dental Care in Livermore  today at (925) 961-5484 to schedule an appointment for your baby.

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