If you’ve recently had a baby, have a baby on the way, or have just started to think about having one, there are a few things you should know about their dental health. Making sure that your child has happy and healthy baby teeth now will help ensure that they have straight and healthy adult teeth as well. What steps do you need to take to protect their oral health? What do you need to know about baby teeth? Here’s a baby teeth FAQ that can help you out.
Q: How Does Teething Affect My Baby?
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. If you notice these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.
Q: How Much Toothpaste Should I Use For My Baby?
If your child is 3 years or younger, brush their teeth twice a day using only a smear of toothpaste that’s equal to the size of a grain of rice.
Q: Is My Baby Born With Any Teeth?
Your baby is actually born with 20 teeth. These teeth are hidden below the gums and typically begin to erupt somewhere between 6 months to a year. Most children have their full set of teeth by 3 years old.
Q: Is It Ok To Lick Off My Baby’s Pacifier?
No. Your saliva contains bacteria that can cause your baby to develop cavities.
Q: When Should My Baby First See The Dentist?
They should see their dentist as soon as they get their first tooth. If they haven’t erupted any teeth before their first birthday, take them to the dentist.
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