The primary teeth, which are also called “baby teeth,” are as important as the adult permanent teeth. Baby teeth help your child eat and speak. They also guide the permanent teeth into their proper positions. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, the permanent teeth may drift into the vacant space, which makes it difficult for other adult teeth to have room to come in properly. This can cause crowded or crooked teeth.
When Will My Baby’s Teeth Come In?
The first baby tooth usually erupts at about six months of age. However, it can come in as early as three months or as late as one year. Generally speaking, every six months of a child’s life, about four teeth will erupt. Girls usually begin tooth eruption sooner than boys.
How Do I Care for My Baby’s Teeth?
Before the teeth grow in, use a piece of gauze or a soft, moistened washcloth to wipe your baby’s gums at least twice a day. This is especially important after feedings and before bed. Once your baby’s teeth begin to come in, you can switch to a toothbrush. Choose one that has soft bristles, a small head, and a large handle. Just use water on the toothbrush until the teeth actually break through the gums. Then you can switch to using a bit of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. When your child turns three, you can increase to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Brush all surfaces of your child’s teeth.
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