Food for thought: if baby teeth fall out anyway, does it matter how we treat them? And because they fall out, do they really affect a child’s oral health? The answers are less intuitive than you may believe. Find out a little bit about baby teeth, a condition defined as baby bottle tooth decay and what you can expect from your child’s progressing teeth below.
Baby teeth normally begin to show starting at around three to nine months. This stage, referred to as teething, can be very distressing for the baby, and they’ll usually let you know. If you notice an uptick in fussiness or irritability in your child starting at somewhere around three months, they’re likely teething. Additional signs of teething include a loss of appetite and drooling.
Pacifiers, aptly named, can be used to help your child teeth extra comfortably. However, do not make the slip-up of licking the pacifier or dipping it in a sugary material before giving it to the baby: doing so may cause baby bottle tooth decay, a sickness characterized by cavities and dental wear down in children less than 6 years old.
To help your child stay soothed while also upholding their dental health, wash their teeth and gums with a dental gauze after they feed. This will help to prevent the onset of baby bottle tooth decay and keep their teeth and gums cleaner. Furthermore, you should bring your child into our office for a professional examination before their first birthday.
For a checkup in Oakdale, Minnesota, call Dr. Richard Timm and the All Family Dental team at 651.222.9715.