Smile Tips for All Parts of Life from a Mom, Wife, and Dentist

August 21, 2016

Baby's First Tooth

Baby teeth start to erupt around six months. The lower central incisors arrive first and two teeth will follow every two months thereafter. Around the age of three, your child should have a complete set of twenty primary teeth. 

First Dental Visit. With the eruption of the first tooth or by their first birthday, babies should have regular dental check-ups every six months (find a Pediatric Dentist). A lap exam not only secures your child but allows adequate visibility for the dentist to examine the teeth and soft tissue. While a cleaning may not be done before the age of two, this visit allows parents to discuss any oral health concerns.

What To Expect. Like all other baby activities, dental appointments should be routine. It's natural for parents to be nervous about their baby's first dental visit. There will be fears and likely a few tears but this visit is a very important step in the initiation to good oral care. Try to avoid scheduling the appointment during nap or feeding times. The appointment will be short and sweet but it is an opportunity for parents to inquire about newly erupting teeth and how to best care for them.

Home Care. Baby teeth should be brushed after feedings and before naps, at least three times a day. A baby toothbrush is recommended because of its softness and size. You can brush with water alone or use a fluoride free toothpaste. (Read more about Baby Oral Care.)

Watch Now: Baby Oral Care Instructional Video

Download our Baby Oral Care Guide.

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