The first teeth begin to appear around the time your baby turns 6 months old, but it can be hard to know what’s going on under those gums. How long does teething last? What do those new teeth feel like? And what kind of toothpaste should you be using? Our guide to baby’s first teeth has everything you need to know about this important milestone.
When baby’s teething, he might experience some discomfort in and around his mouth. He might drool a lot, or his mouth might seem like it’s quivering. Baby will get little white bumps on his gums that look like milk spots, and later will develop one or two bottom baby teeth, followed by others toward your child’s first birthday. Teething only causes irritation around the time your baby’s tooth is about to break through the gum. The teething period generally lasts for about 8 days, so longer periods of discomfort (commonly associated with teething) may be caused by something else.
What’s Not Normal
A fever, diarrhea, rash and other symptoms are not normal signs of teething, and parents should call their doctor immediately if their baby displays any of these symptoms. Teething can be a painful process for babies, but it does not cause fevers or diarrhea. A baby with a fever or diarrhea may have an infection; therefore, it is important for parents to seek prompt medical care if they notice these symptoms in their child.
Toothpaste & Toothbrush
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste as soon as teeth begin to appear. If you don’t have fluoridated water in your area, talk to your dentist about using a fluoride mouthwash after your child brushes.
When To See A Dentist
If your baby shows any signs of tooth development, they should visit a dentist at least once before their first birthday. It may seem early, but it’s recommended so that early care can be provided if needed. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that baby’s first dental visit take place within 6 months after their first tooth erupts.
Start Them Early
The earlier you can get your child used to seeing the dentist, the more likely they will have a positive experience later on, as well as become familiar with procedures like x-rays and cleaning. Having a dental checkup by their first birthday is also beneficial for another reason: many health insurance companies cover regular dental visits under their policy once kids reach that milestone. Having coverage early on means less out-of-pocket expense for your family down the road.
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