From our friends at the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentists)
All parents know teething can be a stressful and trying time filled with sleepless nights. Here are five things parents need to know to navigate the teething landscape, straight from the source – the little tooth that can be a big pain for babies, parents and caregivers alike!
1. You can expect me to show up around the time your little one is 6 – 8 months old. But please have patience! Sometimes I need a little more time, and will arise around 12 – 14 months of age.
2. You will know when I’m about to arrive because your little one might be irritable and attempting to chew on hard objects. I usually show up first in the bottom jaw with a buddy, then my friends, the two top teeth, show up next!
3. The best way to help me introduce myself to your little one is to use a teething ring or gently r...
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.