July 13, 2019

About Baby Teeth

Believe it or not, baby teeth begin to develop in the fetus. Eating a well-balanced diet is fundamental. Everything you eat during pregnancy affects your baby’s development and its teeth.

About Baby Teeth

The Development of the Mouth and Tooth
At about six weeks of age, the primary substance of the tooth forms in the fetus. Then between 24 and 28 weeks of gestation, the hard tissue surrounding the teeth forms. The next to last stage happens after birth when the tooth protrudes through the gum. The final step is when your child loses their primary teeth.

About Primary Teeth
Take a quick peek inside your baby’s mouth, and you will see that the 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws. They hide out under the gumline and will start coming in ( erupt) between six and 12 months. All 20 primary teeth will erupt by three years of age. Although every child is different, you can usually expect the first tooth to be the central incisor — the middle front tooth on the lower jaw.

Primary Teeth Erupt
The second central incisor is the next tooth to erupt in the lower jaw. Next, four upper incisors will come in, then the first four molars. They are followed by the remaining bottom two lateral incisors; after that, other teeth begin to slowly fill in, usually in pairs, until all 20 teeth have come in. Expect all primary teeth to be in place by three years of age.

Teething and Tender Gums
For most babies, teething is unpleasant. Your baby will be irritable during the day and sleepless at night. You can soothe your baby’s sore and tender gums by gently massaging them with a clean finger. You can also use a small, cold spoon or a wet gauze pad.

Teething Symptoms

– Fussiness
– Difficulty sleeping
– Irritability
– Loss of appetite
– Excessive drooling

Not Normal:
– Fever
– Diarrhea
– Rash

It’s Important To Take Take Care Of Baby’s Teeth from the Start

Care for your baby’s teeth checklist:
– Clean your baby’s mouth during the first couple of days after birth by using a clean washcloth or moist gauze pad to clean the gums.
– Clean baby’s gums right after feedings.
– Remember, as soon as teeth appear, decay can occur.
– Begin brushing their teeth as soon as the first tooth comes in.
– Use a rice grain-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste.
– Brush teeth twice per day (morning and night).

Your Childs First Visit To The Dentist
Continue to take great care of your baby’s teeth by planning a dental visit to catch any minor problems. Many parents schedule their first appointment right after the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday.

We will check for cavities, diagnose any other issues, and show you how to clean a child’s teeth properly and handle any other common questions.

“I am extremely happy with our experience, all the staff we have met are extremely friendly and helpful. Dr Ella Choi and her staff have been wonderful and patient with my son that has an anxiety disorder and have done all they can to try to calm him. All dental work and costs that have been needed have been explained in detail and they take the time to make sure you understand what is involved. I have been to other Pediatric Dentistry Clinics and have often felt rushed. Thank you all at Playtime Pediatric Dentistry I appreciate all you have done for us. - Daniella D.”