Your baby’s current oral health can have profound effect on their adult teeth as well. You want to make sure that they have happy and healthy baby teeth now to help ensure that they have straight and healthy adult teeth in the future. What should you know about a baby’s teeth? What steps do you need to take to protect their oral health? Whether you’ve just had a baby or are just beginning to think about having one, these facts can help you out.
Babies Can Get Cavities Because Of Your Spit
You should avoid sharing utensils or cleaning your baby’s pacifier with your tongue. Your spit contains bacteria that can cause your baby to develop cavities.
Babies Don’t Need Too Much Toothpaste
Parents should brush their baby’s teeth twice a day using only a tiny amount of toothpaste equal to the size of a grain of rice.
Babies Are Born With 20 Teeth
These teeth are dormant below the gums and typically begin to erupt somewhere between 6 months to a year. Most children will have their full set of teeth by 3 years old.
Babies Get Fussy When They Are Teething
As your baby’s teeth begin to come in, it’s normal for them to become irritable, sleepless, and fussy. They can also start to lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Symptoms that are not normal are rashes, fever, and diarrhea. You should call your doctor immediately if you notice these symptoms.
Babies Should Visit The Dentist As Soon As Their First Tooth Erupts
As soon as your baby’s teeth erupt, they are susceptible to cavities. If they haven’t erupted any teeth before their first birthday, take them to the dentist.
Dental Care For The Entire Family
We’re happy to treat the smiles of people of all ages. Contact us at our local Sheridan, WY office at 307-672-7567.