Baby teeth are extremely helpful for children, especially because they help them eat food, talk, as well as guide their permanent teeth into place. However, they can also be a bit overwhelming and confusing. To help you clear this confusion, Dr. Barrie Suzanne Zweier and our dental team are happy to share some helpful information to you about baby teeth in Logan, Ohio.
The first fact we would like to share is that your child’s first tooth should emerge from the gums when they are around 6 months old. However, every child is different and you shouldn’t stress if your child’s first tooth shows up early or late. To soothe the teething pain for your child, you can let them bite on chilled teether toys, eat cold or even frozen baby food, and chew on cold a spoon. You can also put numbing gel on the gums or give them a painkiller, like Infant Tylenol, but only if your pediatrician says it’s OK.
The second fact we would like to share is that you need to help your child’s smile regularly by cleaning it at least once a day. You can do so by brushing the little teeth with a baby toothbrush and water. You don’t need to use toothpaste until your child is older. Once they have two teeth grow in next to each other, you can floss between those teeth.
The third fact we would like to share is that you need to bring your child into our office for a regular checkup six months after their first tooth has emerged or around their first birthday. Taking them to our office at an early age can help them learn the importance of caring for their teeth and gums.
For more information about baby teeth or about children’s oral hygiene, please don’t be afraid to call Logan Family Dental at 740-380-1333 at your earliest convenience. We are happy to talk with you and answer any questions you have!