- Timing of appearance of the first teeth
The appearance of first teeth is considered as one of the major milestones in a baby’s life. A whole set of deciduous dentition (milk teeth) consists of 20 teeth, of which the lower front teeth (lower central incisors) holds the first place to appear in the mouth and by 3 years of age most babies develop almost all the teeth.
Most babies start getting their first teeth by 6-7 months of age. However, some late bloomers may even get them by 12-15 months of age. Consult your pediatric dentist, if your child fails to get their first tooth even later than this age.
A usual timeline for baby teeth eruption, goes like this:
2. Make your child’s first dental appointment prior to the appearance of the first tooth
Most parents think a dental appointment is usually only necessary if/when there is a problem with the teeth. However, did you know that American Academy of Pediatrics recommend visiting your child’s pediatric dentist as early as 6 months – 1 year.
The Pediatric dentist will guide you on the proper oral hygiene maintenance of the child and the relevant dental problems in certain ages and their various prevention methods.
3. Your Child’s Oral Health is a gateway to Their Overall Health
Oral hygiene is extremely important. Typically, by 3 months of age babies start exploring the world by their mouths. This is also the time when they would salivate more and start exploring their mouths with their fingers.
As unlikely as it may sound, the gum pads and the tongue of an infant also harbor bacteria even before the appearance of teeth. An unhealthy mouth is a gateway to a lot of other diseases in the child which is why it becomes important to regularly clean the gum pads with either a wet washcloth, clean finger or a finger brush.
4. The Teething Menace