It’s a good idea to start caring for your baby’s teeth early. It is recommended that you schedule your infant’s first visit within six months after their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday. We’ll check for any signs of decay, and we’ll teach you and your little one how to properly care for their teeth and gums!
Is tooth decay a cause for concern with infants?
Yes. Even though these are not your child’s permanent teeth, tooth decay can still occur as soon as their “baby teeth” erupt. Another cause for concern aside from the decay itself is the correlation between decay in primary teeth and decay in permanent teeth. If the decay in the primary tooth or teeth is severe enough, it could lead to other health issues. This is why it is so important to bring your child in for routine checkups and help them to brush and floss properly.
How does a baby bottle cause tooth decay?
When your child’s teeth are frequently exposed to liquid containing sugar (such as milk, juices, or formula), it can feed the bacteria in plaque. After each feeding, wipe your child’s gums with a clean, damp washcloth. After their teeth come in, brush them gently using a child’s toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. It is also ideal to have them finish their bottles before naptime or bedtime.
When will the first teeth appear?
Your baby will probably start teething at around 6 months of age, but it is normal for teething to start anytime between three to twelve months. The lower teeth will probably erupt first, followed by the four upper teeth. By the time your child is three, they should have a full set of twenty primary teeth.