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Baby Teeth FAQs For Every Parent

Published on September 15th, 2019

It’s important to care for your children’s teeth and set an example of healthy dental habits as soon as possible. Use these commonly asked questions and answers provided from our South Loop dentists to set your infant up for dental success.

When Do Babies Develop Teeth?

The first tooth can appear over a wide range of time, but most babies will begin to develop their first baby tooth around 6 months and will continue to gain more teeth in their first year. A child will typically have a full set of baby teeth at the age of three.

How To Help Teething Pain?

Babies can have trouble falling asleep during teething, but there are a few things you can do to help soothe the pain. Dentists first suggest massaging your child’s gums gently with clean fingers or a cold, wet washcloth. Steer clear of over-the-counter topical medications since they can cause allergic reactions in small children.

When To Make The First Dental Appointment?

You should make your child’s first dental appointment with a South Loop dentist soon after the first tooth appears, which as mentioned above, is usually within the first 6 months. However, the first dental appointment should be no later than one year, whether or not your child has developed teeth.

How Should You Care For Your Baby’s Teeth?

A parent should brush the infant’s teeth twice a day, with a specialized infant-sized toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. You can begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as there are two consecutive teeth with small space in between. As they grow older, it is important to encourage your child to start brushing their own teeth, while you continue to establish a dental routine.

If you have more questions about caring for your child’s baby teeth or you’re ready to make your child’s first dental appointment, contact us today!

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