All about baby teeth
It can be worrying for a parent to take good care of their baby’s or child’s teeth. There are many questions! When do the first teeth arrive? How can I take good care of my child’s oral hygiene? At what age does he start to lose his baby teeth? We will try to answer all your questions regarding baby teeth in this article!
At what age do baby teeth grow?
The appearance of teeth varies greatly from child to child. Generally speaking, the first teeth can appear around the age of 6 months. The 20 primary teeth will then gradually erupt for about 3 years.
How to deal with teething?
Indeed, the appearance of all these new teeth is not painless for most babies and children. If your baby seems to be in pain, here are a few tips that can help relieve it:
– Rub the gums with a clean finger
– Give the baby a chilled teething ring
– Give fresh water in a bottle
– If needed only, give acetaminophen
Remember that this is sometimes a difficult step, but it is temporary. The pain will eventually subside!
How to take care of the oral hygiene of a child?
From birth, it is recommended to clean your child’s gums and mouth. You can do this with a damp washcloth after drinking.
It is important to know that the enamel on babies’ teeth is thinner than that of adult teeth. These teeth are therefore more at risk of cavities. It is therefore important to take good care of them. As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, get in the habit of brushing at least once a day. There are toothbrushes specially designed for babies!
You can start using fluoride toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) as soon as your child is able to spit the toothpaste out. Before that, use fluoride-free toothpaste. The brushing frequency recommended by your dentist is 2 to 3 times a day.
Flossing is recommended as soon as the teeth touch together.
At what age should you go to the dentist for the first time?
The first visit to the dentist is recommended at 1 year!
At what age do baby teeth fall out?
The first adult teeth, or permanent teeth, are usually going to be the molars, which are located at the back of the mouth. They will not cause baby teeth to fall out since they take up a previously unoccupied space.
Baby teeth usually start to fall out around 5 or 6 years old, until around 12 years old. They will gradually be replaced by adult teeth.
Should baby’s teeth be pulled out?
It can be tempting to pull out a baby’s teeth when they start to wiggle or come loose. We all have the image of the famous rope hanging from a tooth and a doorknob that you slam quickly. On the other hand, pulling out a tooth can lead to heavy bleeding. We can therefore play with it a little, but ideally we let it fall on its own.
We hope that you now feel more confident about the care of your child’s teeth and that their development is clearer to you! If you are looking for a dentist in Laval for your child, make an appointment at our clinic!