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Keeping Up with Baby Teeth

Whether you’re having your third child or your first one, teething is something memorable when it comes to raising your baby. You may have to deal with some troublesome teething experiences, but today’s guide will help you keep up with your baby’s teething. You want to make sure that everything is on track when it comes to your baby’s teeth coming in, along with when its time for your child to lose their baby teeth. These guide will help you ensure that you’re doing everything you can to help your child.

You should expect your baby’s first teeth around six months of age. Their teeth will slowly continue to come in well into their second year of life. Be sure to start brushing your baby’s teeth with a little bit of flouride, when their baby teeth start coming in. This ensures that they don’t experience tooth decay. The amount of toothpaste you should use should be no more than a single grain of rice. Around age six, you will notice that these baby teeth will start to fall out and this will continue as they’re growing older.

When an infant is teething, they may experience irritation and lots of pain. They will begin to drool more and express a desire to want to chew on everything they can get their hands on. Their gums will be sore and they will be more irritable than usual. There are several things you can do to help with a baby’s teeth process. You can give them cool or cold items, such as a teething ring that has been in the freezer. If you are breastfeeding, this can help relieve the pain that your baby is experiencing. Frozen breast milk can also help. Massaging their gums with a cold cloth can help. There are several over the counter medications that your baby can take but be sure to talk it over with your baby’s doctor first.

Babies are born with 20 teeth which eventually fall out and are replaced by adult teeth. The first teeth that appear are usually the incisors, which are the teeth in the front. You’ll see them come from the front first, eventually filling towards the back. The last teeth that your baby should expect to erupt, are the molars in the back.

If you are having concerns about your baby’s teething or dental situation, it’s a good idea to visit a dentist within six months of age. This helps establish a good relationship with the baby and the dentist. If you have worries or concerns about brushing techniques, thumb/pacifier use, or teething, it’s a good idea to reach out to us and have a conversation about how your baby is doing.

And of course, if your baby has experienced an injury or trauma to the teeth, please call us immediately.

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