Whether you’ve just recently had a baby, have one on the way, or are beginning to think about having one, there’s information that you need to know about their dental health. Making sure that they have happy and healthy baby teeth now will help ensure that they have straight and healthy teeth when they are an adult. What do you need to know about baby teeth? What steps do you need to take to protect their oral health? Here is what you should know about your baby’s teeth.
Your Baby Should Visit The Dentist As Soon As Their First Tooth Erupts
As soon as their teeth erupt, they are susceptible to developing cavities. If they haven’t erupted any teeth before their first birthday, take them to the dentist.
Your Baby Gets Fussy When It’s Teething
As your baby’s teeth come in, it’s normal for them to be irritable, sleepless, and fussy. They can also begin to lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Symptoms that are not normal are rashes, fever, and diarrhea. If you notice these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.
Your Baby Is Born With 20 Teeth
These teeth are below the gums and usually begin to erupt somewhere between 6 months to a year. Most children have their full set of teeth by 3 years old.
Sharing Your Saliva Can Give Your Baby Cavities
Don’t share utensils or clean their pacifier with your tongue. Your saliva contains bacteria that can cause your baby’s teeth to decay.
Don’t Use Too Much Toothpaste When Brushing Their Teeth
If your child is 3 years or younger, brush their teeth twice a day using only a smear of toothpaste that’s equal to the size of a grain of rice.
Dentistry For The Whole Family
From babies to grown-ups, our staff can provide the services you need to have a healthy smile. Contact us at our local Fort Worth, TX office at 817-339-6413.