Seven Facts About Teething
Teething can be quite the ache; a source of sleepless nights and stress for both parents and babies alike. Did you know new teeth typically start to show up by the time your child is 6-8 months old? However, some teeth can be late bloomers, making their appearance after 12 months of age.
Some signs that the first tooth may be arriving soon: drooling, grumpiness, unexplained tears and your child may even start to chew on hard objects.
In most children, teeth will usually first develop in the bottom jaw, with the two bottom front teeth often appearing first, and then being joined by two top front teeth. Children will usually have a full set of baby teeth (20 total) by the time they are 3 years old.
Teething can be painful, and difficult to adjust to. The best way to handle new teeth is to use a teething ring, or gently rub your child’s gums with a clean, damp washcloth.
Continue to wipe gums as instructed, even before the tooth appears, to keep your child in the habit of getting his or her mouth cleaned. Then, as soon as teeth start to show up, start brushing and flossing! Cleaning is the first step to healthy teeth and gums.
It’s recommended to go to a pediatric dentist as soon as the first tooth shows up, or at least by your child’s first birthday. Part of keeping teeth healthy is having a professional on your team, making sure your little one’s teeth are properly cared for.
It’s never too late to visit the dentist! In case of emergencies, like getting a tooth chipped, or even knocked out, it’s very important to be prepared. Keep our number handy and we’ll be ready to respond!