Monday, May 9, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions about Baby Teeth

When should I expect my babys’ tooth?

Please keep in mind that all babies are different. In general you can expect your babys’ first tooth between 4-10 months. However it is not uncommon for a baby to celebrate their first birthday with no teeth.

Why are baby teeth so important? They will eventually fall out?

Baby teeth aid in speech and digestion, they also help form the path for permanent teeth to follow when they are ready to erupt.

When should I bring my child to a dentist?

As early as their first birthday and no later than their 3rd, if you suspect a problem bring your child in right away.

When should I start brushing my babys’ teeth?

As soon as you see the first tooth. Flossing is also very important in preventing cavities in between their teeth.

When should I start brushing my child teeth with toothpaste?

You can get baby toothpaste without fluoride at your local grocery, once your child is able to spit out the baby toothpaste then you can move to a fluoride toothpaste. Only use a rice grain size of toothpaste on your childs’ toothbrush.

My child gives me a hard time when it is time to brush and floss their teeth, any advice?

Persistence and consistency are key. Have your child brush their teeth first to help build their confidence and dexterity, when they are done you can brush after. Singing their favorite song when your brush and floss their teeth also helps.

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