Answers to questions about baby teeth

PREVENTING BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY

Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or totally prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to breast or bottle feed. Infants that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water-filled bottle only.

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WHY ARE BABY TEETH IMPORTANT?

The primary, or “baby” teeth play a crucial role in dental development. They allow your child to chew properly, smile confidently, aid in speech development and save space for the permanent teeth, guiding them into the correct position.

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WHEN DO THE FIRST TEETH ERUPT?

Your child’s teeth actually start forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the baby teeth push through the gums – the lower front teeth are first, followed by the upper front teeth.

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WHEN SHOULD I START CLEANING MY BABY’S TEETH?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush and water. Begin brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush as soon as the first tooth erupts.

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HOW DOES BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY START?

A bottle containing anything other than water and left in an infant’s mouth while sleeping can cause decay. This includes breast milk, regular milk, formula, fruit juice, unsweetened fruit juice, soda, or even watered down juices.

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TEETHING

Normally, the first tooth erupts between ages 6 to 12 months. Gums may be sore, tender and sometimes irritable until the age of 3.

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PACIFIERS AND THUMB-SUCKING

Dipping a pacifier in a sweetener is similar to putting a baby to sleep with a bottle of sugary liquid. It can lead to deterioration of the baby’s teeth.

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TEETHING REMEDIES

Teething is the term commonly used to describe with your child’s teeth are erupting through the gum line.

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FIRST TOOTH

Most baby’s first tooth comes in around 6 months old. The process can be uncomfortable (see teething) but should not make your baby sick.

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HOW TO CLEAN GUMS AND TEETH

It is important to take care of your child’s gums even before their child’s first tooth erupts. Wipe the gums down with an infant, soft toothbrush or soft cloth, and water.

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NUTRITION AND TEETH FOR BABIES

The mouth is the first step in the digestive process! The mouth, teeth and gums are more are essential to your health.

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