We understand how overwhelming it can be for new parents. As your child develops, you will have a lot going on! So knowing what to do when you see baby’s first tooth, or when to take them in for their first appointment with a pediatric dentist might seem daunting. At Front Row, we have the answers!
5 things new parents frequently ask us:
- At what age do infants get their first tooth?
- When should I start brushing baby’s teeth?
- When should I start taking my baby to the dentist?
- What can I expect during baby’s first dental visit?
- What should I look for in a pediatric dentist?
At what age do infants get their first tooth?
It’s hard to know exactly when your baby’s first tooth will appear. Some babies may not have any teeth until they are 1, but the first tooth usually starts to come in around 6 months old. Typically, the first teeth to come in are the lower central incisors, or two front teeth on the bottom. Most children will usually have all of their baby teeth by age 3.
When should I start brushing baby’s teeth?
Toothbrushing can begin as soon as the baby’s first tooth
pokes through the gums.
Pediatric dentists prefer you use toothbrushes moistened with water and the tiniest amount of toothpaste. Brushes should be very soft, and with no more than three rows of bristles. Your Front Row pediatric dentist can help you find the right toothbrush for your baby.
When should I start taking my baby to the dentist?
Your child’s first dental visit should occur after that first tooth appears
, but no later than the first birthday. As soon as your baby has teeth, he or she can get cavities. Keeping baby teeth healthy is essential, even if those teeth are temporary. Baby teeth help hold space for the permanent teeth and the back teeth stay in your child’s mouth until they are about 10 to 12 years old.
What can I expect during baby’s first dental visit?
First dentist visits
include an exam of the teeth and gums, a nutritional assessment, recommendations for healthy dental habits, and a dialogue about what to expect as more teeth erupt.
What should I look for in a pediatric dentist?
Finding the right place for your child’s dental care is crucial in making sure they have a positive experience. The pediatric dentist you choose should make your child’s comfort their number one priority.
Front Row specializes in pediatric dentistry
serving Ellicott City, Columbia, Clarksville, River Hill and the surrounding Howard county community. We endeavor to be the premier Howard County pediatric dental care service destination for families with children ages 1-21. we are committed to delivering the most current expert care in a safe, joyful, and uplifting environment and to building long-term relationships with our patients.