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

Nov
20

Why Are My Child’s Adult Teeth Erupting Behind the Baby Teeth?

It may surprise you to see your child growing what seems to be a second row of teeth. This is actually very common among children. Teeth often grow in like this in the lower front region of the mouth. Why does this happen?

How It Works

Baby teeth are smaller and weaker than adult teeth. When an adult tooth starts to develop underneath a baby tooth, it will put pressure on the roots of the baby teeth above it. This causes the roots of the baby tooth to resorb and disappear. The baby tooth becomes loose and falls out just in time for the adult tooth to scoot into place.

Sometimes, the adult tooth doesn’t form directly beneath the baby tooth. When this happens, it can erupt just behind the baby tooth. This is what can give your son or daughter a few teeth that resemble an unnatural smile, but it’s usually not serious.

What to Expect

As the adult teeth come in, they should eventually migrate forwards and encourage the baby teeth to loosen up. The action of your child’s tongue over time also helps move everything forward into the proper positions. If your child has adult teeth coming in behind the existing baby teeth, you may want to check the baby teeth to see if they are loose at all.

The best thing you can do is bring your son or daughter in for regular dental checkups so that your dentist can monitor the growth and development of his or her teeth. This way, your dentist can more easily determine whether or not to gently remove stubborn baby teeth or recommend another option.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

 

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