Dental Tips Blog

Sep
14

Your Baby’s First Teeth

Watching your new baby grow is thrilling to witness! Not too long after the first smiles and giggles, you can expect the first set of teeth.

What should you know about your baby’s first teeth?

A Precious Set of Pearly Whites

Most babies are born without teeth that you can see. Don’t worry – they should be there! The teeth are simply hidden under the gums. They’ll usually start erupting when your baby is four to seven months old. By the age of three years, all of the baby teeth should be in.

Dealing with Teething

Your child may not be very happy about having new teeth come in!

Babies tend to be fussier and irritable when teeth are erupting. The gums can get itchy and sore from the feeling of teeth cutting through. Your baby may have less of an appetite and not sleep well. Viral symptoms are common.

What can you do to help your little one be more comfortable?

Calm your teething baby by:

  • Massaging the gums with a damp washcloth
  • Giving your baby a cool chewing ring
  • Brushing the teeth and gums with a soft toothbrush

DO NOT apply a topical oral anesthetic to your child’s gums unless your dentist or baby’s pediatrician gives you directions for doing so safely.

Keep Your Baby’s Smile Healthy

Even before the first teeth arrive, you should take measures to keep your child’s mouth clean and healthy. Wipe the gums with a clean, soft, moistened cloth after meals. Contact your dentist as soon as your baby’s first teeth arrive. He or she will give your child the best start for a life with a healthy smile!

Posted on behalf of:
Ashley Dinh, DDS, PC
107 E Holly Ave #5
Sterling, VA 20164
(703) 430-6655

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