Healthy teeth come from healthy gums, so it’s important to take care of your child’s smile long before they have one. Gently wipe their gums with a damp washcloth after feedings, to keep them free of bacteria.
When will their first tooth arrive? Well, every baby is unique, but here is a rough idea of when you can expect your child’s teeth to erupt:
5-8 months: The two bottom front teeth (central incisors)
8-10 months: The four upper incisors
10-16 months: Lower lateral incisors, plus the first baby molars
16-22 months: The “eye teeth” or “canines” (cuspids)
24-42 months (two years to three-and-a-half years): All 20 baby teeth have finished arriving
It’s very exciting when your baby gets their first tooth. When it first breaks through their gums, you can keep it clean by wiping it with a wet washcloth -- just like you’ve been wiping their gums.
When the tooth is fully erupted, it’s time to start brushing it! There are toothbrushes designed for babies as young as four months old, and they’re available in any drugstore.
Babies should use specially formulated toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride. These toothpastes are made from a non-foaming formula, and come in yummy fruit flavors that babies love.
They don’t need much toothpaste -- the size of a small pea is plenty. They’ll continue to use this “baby-friendly” toothpaste until they turn two -- at that point, they can switch to a toothpaste containing fluoride.
Not only is early brushing important for the health of your baby’s teeth, but it’s also helping them get used to the routine. Soon enough, it will be second nature for them -- and they’ll be on the path for a lifetime of healthy oral hygiene habits!
Talk to us today if you need more information about your baby’s teeth and gums. We’re here to help!