How to Care for Your Child’s First Teeth

How to Care for Your Child’s First Teeth

Our children are our world. We care so much about our kids that we cannot bear to see them harmed in any way. Sure, kids get sick all the time, usually something minor like a cold or a sore throat. However, when it comes to teeth, it can be a heavy burden because they’re in pain. In addition, treating them at that tender age is always difficult. We have a saying: “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” That cannot be more true than for children’s teeth. For that reason, keep reading as we examine how to care for your child’s first teeth.

When Do Children Start Teething?

Every human being is blessed with 2 sets of teeth, baby teeth and adult teeth. There’s a mixed stage between them where both adult and baby teeth co-exist. The first tooth to ever appear in your child’s mouth often appears between 6 and 7 months of age. Then, the first adult tooth usually appears at about 6 to 7 years.

When Should I Start Brushing My Child’s Teeth?

This is one of the biggest misconceptions in the field of pediatric dentistry. Some parents think that since these baby teeth will fall out and be replaced by adult teeth that caring for them is not a necessity.

However, the exact opposite is the truth. You should start brushing and cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they appear in their mouth. This means at around 7 months of age. Otherwise, you risk complications such as decay and gum disease – not only to the baby teeth but to the adult teeth that will follow as well.

How to Care for Your Child’s First Teeth

1. Your Child’s First Brush

Babies 6 or 7 months of age cannot possibly brush on their own and will need your help for that. You can use a tiny toothbrush about the size of a fingered glove. Simply gently brush all the teeth in your child’s mouth in a circular motion.

2. The Correct Toothpaste

At that age, toothpaste is not an absolute necessity. However, it won’t hurt as long as you use the appropriate toothpaste for your child’s age. The fluoride content shouldn’t exceed 1,000 PPM.

3. How Often to Brush

Brushing your child’s teeth is not that different from brushing your own. You should do it twice daily: once before bedtime and again in the middle of the day or after breakfast.

There is much more to learn about how to care for your child’s first teeth, and we’re here to help. Make sure to consult our dental hygienists the next time you come in.

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