Primary teeth, or baby teeth, can appear as early as 3-4 months, but usually come in around 6 months to one year of age. The timing and order in which your baby’s teeth come in all depends, however, all 20 primary teeth (baby teeth) will usually come in by the age of 3. Despite the fact that baby teeth will inevitably fall out, baby teeth are in fact important. For example, baby teeth can:

  • Help children to chew food properly
  • Help children to speak more clearly
  • Hold space for permanent teeth growing under the gums
  • Prepare for a lifetime of good oral health

Baby teeth are just as susceptible to cavities as adult teeth. As a parent, it’s important to keep the cavities away to avoid early tooth loss. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent tooth will come in, and there is a possibility that it will become difficult for the other permanent teeth to find room. Therefore, proper oral hygiene is important right off the bat. Establishing healthy oral habits early will certainly go a long way.

In order to achieve good oral health for your child we recommend:

  • Cleaning your baby’s gums before any primary teeth come in. Gently clean the gums after each feeding with a damp washcloth, Spiffies (tooth wipes designed for infants), or a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head (for babies).
  • Take your baby to the dentist by no later than age one. We recommend bringing your child for their first dental visit by age one, or shortly after the first tooth appears (but no later than age one).
  • Practice good oral hygiene and a well-balanced diet. Not only is this good for the teeth, but it’s good for your child’s overall health. Feed your baby healthy foods, and never allow your baby to go to sleep with a bottle in their mouth! This is a sure way to cause tooth decay. Brushing, flossing, and eating right are the key to a lifetime of good oral health.

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You may also visit our page on prevention and oral hygiene.