Dental Guide for Children

By: pilkster
Somewhere between three and sixteen months you will notice that your baby is drooling more, chewing on anything he or she can get their tiny hands on and may be irritable. This is when the very first tooth will appear. Most of the time, the first tooth comes in around six months of age and will be one of the two bottom front teeth. After, your baby has his first two bottom teeth the four upper teeth will be next within four to eight weeks.

When you little one receives, his or her first tooth has a lot to do with when you and your spouse received your first tooth. If you had your teeth come in early then your baby will also have their first tooth early.

Your child will continue to get new teeth with about four new teeth every four months until they have twenty primary teeth around age three.

At around age 6 or 7, it will be time for the Tooth Fairy to make an appearance as this is the time when you child begins to lose their primary teeth. They will lose these primary teeth until they reach age 11 to 13.

At the same time, they are losing their primary teeth, they will also be getting their permanent teeth and they will continue getting teeth until they have all of including the third molars or wisdom teeth by age 17 to 22 years.

You will hear that teething does not cause much pain, but think back to when you were getting your molars. Did your gums hurt and swell? Some children do not have much pain, while others do. Treating the gum with teething gel and Motrin for pain will give your little ones a bit of relieve. You can also massage the gum when your baby is getting his or her first teeth. For older children, you can give them apples to eat and tell them to chew back where the teeth are coming in. This might help the teeth come in a bit faster and will also help massage the gum.

The best time to start caring for your baby's teeth is when the first one appears. You should wipe the new teeth with a moist washcloth until they have a few and then use a soft bristled toothbrush. It would be best to start with non-fluoride toothpaste until your child is able to spit it out. Not rinsing and spitting out the fluoride toothpaste can cause staining on the teeth.
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