Welcoming baby teeth, and starting an oral hygiene routine

Teething can seem like months of guessing, as you wonder when your son or daughter will actually produce some pearly little teeth -- or are they just drooling for fun?

Every baby is different, but here’s a pretty good guideline for when you can expect your child’s baby teeth to erupt:

5-8 months: The two bottom front teeth (central incisors)

8-10 months: The four upper incisors

10-16 months: Lower lateral incisors, plus the first baby molars

16-22 months: The “eye teeth” or “canines” (cuspids)

24-42 months (two years to three-and-a-half years): All 20 baby teeth have finished arriving

So how exactly do you take care of these tiny little teeth? Well, your child’s oral care actually begins before they even have a single tooth!

Babies should have their gums wiped with a damp washcloth after every feeding, to prevent a buildup of bacteria and sugar.

Once your child’s first tooth is all the way through, it’s time to start using a baby-safe toothbrush. It should have a rounded head and very soft bristles.

Use a tiny pea-sized amount of toothpaste that’s designed for children under two -- it will be a non-foaming formula that doesn’t contain fluoride. Brush twice a day to keep those sweet baby teeth clean and healthy!

If you have any questions about taking care of your baby’s teeth, or if you have concerns about their eruption, give us a call here at the practice anytime.

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