CARING FOR BABY TEETH

Caring for Baby Teeth

Those primary “baby” teeth are very important!

Healthy teeth allow your child to…

EAT WELL

And Maintain Good Nutrition.

DEVELOP GOOD PRONUNCIATION

And Clear Speech.

HAVE POSITIVE SELF IMAGE

And Gain Confidence.

How to brush your young child’s teeth

Teething

Normally the first tooth erupts between ages 6 to 12 months. Gums are sore, tender and sometimes irritable until the age of 3. Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon or a cold, wet cloth helps soothe the gums. Teething rings work well, but avoid teething biscuits—they contain sugar that is not good for baby teeth.

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or totally prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to breast or bottle-feed. Infants that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water-filled bottle or a pacifier. Our office is dedicated to fighting baby bottle tooth decay. Let us know if you notice any signs of decay or anything unusual in your child’s mouth.

When To Expect Permanent Teeth

Permanent teeth begin eruption around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until around age 21. Adults have 28 secondary (permanent) teeth—32 including the third molars (wisdom teeth).

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WHEN TO EXPECT NEW TEETH

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