As a new parent, you may be out of your element as it is; after all, your life now entails diapers, feedings, naps and baby proofing every object in your home. And while you may not have been totally ready for the new addition, we’re here to help you understand what to expect when that new little bundle of joy starts teething. After all, no one knows your baby’s teeth like the best dentist.
Baby Teeth Guide from the Dentist
Newborn to Six Months:
Your baby will start teething anytime between three and twelve months. That said, on average, babies receive their first tooth by six months. You’ll know your baby is finally teething when you see some discoloration on the baby’s gum. This signifies a hematoma (bruise) or eruption cyst, and marks the spot where a tooth is going to pop up. To help ward off infection, wipe your baby’s gums with a finger brush or clean washcloth. Do this after every meal and before bed. This is also when you should make your first appointment with your dentist.
Six to 12 Months
At age one, most babies have a few teeth. He or she may even have a mouthful. Baby teeth tend to come in the following order: lower central incisors, upper central incisors, lower lateral incisors. Watch for teeth that are crowded, and start flossing them immediately. Your dentist can help show you how at your first appointment.
12 to 18 Months
If your baby hasn’t gotten a tooth by the time he or she is 18 months, you may want to talk to your pediatrician. You may need to rub your baby’s gums to help the new teeth emerge. As your baby gets her teeth, watch to make sure that your baby doesn’t get into a habit of grinding them. Infants commonly form habitual teeth grinding at a young age, and you can help nip it in the bud early on.
Got questions? Talk to your dentist for more information on taking care of baby’s teeth!