Your baby’s first tooth is a major milestone in growth and development. As parents, we cherish those first toothy smiles.
Following good oral hygiene habits and visiting a dentist regularly will help ensure that your child has a healthy smile for years to come.
Baby’s First Teeth
It’s never too early to begin good brushing habits. You can start by wiping your baby’s gums after each feeding. Once your baby’s first tooth comes in, begin brushing with a soft toothbrush. Clean and massage gums in areas that remain toothless, and begin flossing when all the baby teeth have erupted, usually by age 2 or 2½.
Caring for your child’s “baby,” or primary, teeth is very important, as these teeth hold space for the future eruption of permanent teeth. They also help your child speak and chew.