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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.

Dear Patients,

We are pleased to WELCOME YOU BACK ! We are practicing SAFE DENTISTRY!

Rest assured that we have taken steps above what was required. After all, your health is our highest priority. We are finally OPEN and look forward to seeing you again soon!

OUR NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOL:

  • When we speak with you regarding your appointment, we will be asking you additional screening questions. Patients who exhibit any symptoms will need to postpone their treatment.
  • When you arrive to your appointment, please wait in your car until your appointment time and bring as little as possible into the office with you.
  • If you have a mask or face covering, we encourage you to wear one to your appointment.
  • We will ask that you sanitize/wash your hands with soap and water upon entering the office and before leaving.
  • There will be a consent form for patients to sign upon arrival and we want you to know that the guidelines in place currently have staff member signing off on a daily consent that ensures they are ready and prepared to provide treatment in the safest possible way.

We want to assure everyone that our office takes the safety and health of our patients, their families, team members and doctors very seriously. Although our operations will be slightly different today than they were previously, we are excited to finally welcome you all back in a slow and safe manner.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of transition to the new normal.

Sincerely,
Your Dental Team