Caring for Childs Teeth

How To Care For Your Child’s First Teeth

The sprouting of your infant’s first teeth is a special moment for any parent, but with the first tooth comes a new responsibility – dental care. We’re not saying that you need to bust out the toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts (in fact, don’t do that), but there are some things you’ll want to know about your child’s primary teeth and how to best care for them. We share some of those tips in today’s blog.

The Growth of Primary Teeth

All children grow at their own pace, but most children get their first tooth between the ages of six and nine months. The lower middle incisors are usually the first to appear, followed by the upper central incisors. Most kids will have two middle teeth on both the upper and lower gum to begin, and then they will develop lateral incisors, which involves one more tooth to the outside of each of the first four teeth in their mouth, bringing their total to eight teeth.

Next to form and poke through the gumline are the first molars, followed by the canines. The final teeth to develop are your second molars, and by age three, most kids have their full 20-tooth set of primary teeth. They are typically whiter than adult teeth because they have a thinner layer of protective enamel on them, which is just another reason why dental hygiene for your primary teeth is so important.

The Importance Of Dental Hygiene For Baby Teeth

Don’t get us wrong, having good dental hygiene is important for your child’s primary teeth, but the greater benefit of good oral health in the beginning stages of tooth development may be that you’re instilling the importance of dental care in your child. You only get one set of adult teeth, so establishing good dental health with their primary teeth can go a long way in ensuring your child has healthy teeth for decades to come.

And just because your child’s first set of teeth are going to fall out, doesn’t mean that you can ignore healthy dental routines. The American Dental Association recommends that parents wipe their child’s teeth and gums with a wet washcloth after every meal, and then work towards establishing a good brushing routine as they grow.

This can begin with brushing teeth with a tiny amount of child’s toothpaste on your finger, transitioning to brushing without any toothpaste on the brush, to eventually brushing with toothpaste on a toothbrush. Check out more tips here to learn how to get your kids to brush your teeth.

Also, now is a good time to start thinking about setting up a dental visit for your child. Most dentists recommend that a child has their first visit around one year of age to ensure everything is developing as it should. Your dentist can also give you specific recommendations based on your child’s mouth and tooth development so that you know what to expect and how to care for their teeth between appointments. If you want to set up an appointment, or you’d like to learn more about your child’s primary teeth, please give Dr. Brooks’ office a call today.

Baby Teeth 101

Baby Teeth 101 – What You Need to Know

Many parents have questions about baby teeth and when to bring their children in to see a dentist. In this article, we are going to provide a primer on baby teeth – when you should expect them to come in, fall out, and how to care for your child’s teeth.

When Do Baby Teeth Come In?

Babies are born with twenty primary teeth present in the jawline. As they begin to grow, these baby teeth will start poking out. Baby teeth typically begin to appear when the child is 6 months to 1 year old, and many babies have a full set up baby teeth by age 3. The order in which baby teeth come in varies, but in general the first teeth to come in will be the front teeth at the top and bottom. All that being said, every baby is different. Some may get their teeth much faster than others.

When to Bring Your Baby in to See the Dentist

One of the most common questions we get from parents is: “when should I start bringing my child in to see the dentist?” This is a great question, that (again) varies per patient. A good general rule of thumb is to first bring your child in to the dentist after their first tooth comes in but before their first birthday. Starting dental care at a young age is a great way to instill positive oral health habits and set a path for healthy teeth as your child grows.

Bloomington Dentist’s Office

The dental health professionals at Smiles for Life provide family and cosmetic dentistry care to patients in Bloomington, Farmington, and the surrounding areas of Minnesota. Whether you’ve got a tooth ache or you just need to schedule a regular checkup and cleaning, we will provide you with unparalleled care and service. Dr. Tim Brooks has the skills and experience to address your dental health needs. Contact us today to set up your appointment at one of our Smiles for Life Dental Clinic (located in Bloomington MN).