A First Time Parent’s Guide to Baby Teeth

Congratulations, you’re now the proud parent of a bouncing baby! And, with your new role of taking care of another little person, there are some things you’re going to need to learn. 

From changing diapers to how to properly secure a car seat and beyond, there are numerous things you will need to learn with your new role. Another important lesson you will need to learn is how to properly care for your baby’s teeth now so that you don’t have to worry about it (too much) later.

Read on to learn how to care for your baby’s teeth now, when they should first see their Rexburg dentist, and how and when to start teaching them proper oral hygiene. 

Your Baby’s Teeth Start Developing in the Womb!

woman holding her pregnant belly

Even before your baby makes his or her debut into the world, their primary teeth (baby teeth) have already started developing at 6 weeks gestation! However, you won’t start to see these teeth erupt until they are about six months old. Every child is different though, and your child’s teeth may not come in until a little later or even earlier. Most primary teeth will have erupted by 33 months or by age 3. A basic guideline you can follow for when you can expect your baby’s teeth to start coming in may look something like this:

  • Around six months old, your baby’s four front teeth typically will come in first. Some children may not get their first tooth until after they are a year old. Don’t worry, this is completely normal.
  • Around three years old most children will have a full set of primary teeth (20).
  • Around the age of six, your child’s jaw will have grown, making room for adult teeth. This is usually the time when children’s primary teeth begin to fall out to make room for their adult teeth.
  • From ages, 12-14 kids will usually have about 28 of their 32 adult teeth. Wisdom teeth, the remaining four molars will erupt around the ages of 17-25. Not all people will get all or any wisdom teeth.

Now that you have an idea of the timeline you should expect for your child’s dental development, let’s look at ways that we can support them to keep their teeth strong and healthy.

How To Help Your Baby When They Are Teething

When children’s teeth first start to emerge this is called teething and there are many ways that you can help to soothe your child during this process. During teething your baby may experience swollen and irritated gums, nighttime fussiness, irritability, mouth rash, drooling, etc. 

As parents, we want to make sure that we are doing what we can to support them and to ease the pain they may be experiencing. Here are some ways (from real parents) to help your baby during teething:

  • Let Baby Bite Cold Foods – Frozen watermelon and other fruits are a great way to soothe irritated gums. If your baby is too young to have whole pieces of fruit, even tiny pieces consider pureeing your fruit and putting it in a mesh feeder. Other frozen foods like fries and waffles even work!
  • Other Frozen Items May Help – Frozen pacifiers and washcloths are also helpful with soothing your baby’s irritated gums. As the article points out, Just make sure these items are age-appropriate, BPA-free, and nontoxic.
  • Try Teething Rings – Teething rings are great for when the baby is teething, however, check with your Rexburg dentist when purchasing teething rings to make sure they are safe for oral use. 

Teaching Dental Care Early

child brushing teeth in front of mirror

Once your baby’s teeth start coming in, it’s your chance to start teaching them dental hygiene. Yes, even way before you schedule their first appointment with our Rexburg dentist, you’ll want to work on “showing them the ropes” for how to take care of their teeth. Now it may seem silly showing a six-month-old how to brush their one little tooth, but trust us, it pays off in the long run.

Here are some ways that help parents to teach their toddlers about dental hygiene, while making it a good experience for everyone involved:

  • Let your child pick out their supplies. Letting your child pick out their toothbrush and toothpaste with their favorite characters or colors may help make it easier for you to get them to brush their teeth. Spin brushes are another great way to help your child get more excited about taking care of their teeth.
  • Monitor toothpaste. At first, toddlers may glob on the toothpaste. Teach them that a pea-size amount of toothpaste on their toothbrush is just the right amount. 
  • Lower expectations. Teaching your toddler to brush their teeth isn’t about getting it perfect, it’s just about instilling confidence and making a habit of brushing their teeth in the morning and night. 
  • Take turns. If you’re worried your toddler’s toothbrushing skills aren’t quite up to par, take turns with him or her by either brushing their teeth in the morning or night or after each tooth brushing session. 
  • Brush together. Brushing with your toddler will make it more enjoyable for the both of you and may even result in your child brushing their teeth a little longer. 
  • Get help from your dentist. If you’re still having trouble getting your toddler to brush, talk to your dentist in Rexburg for some tips. Additionally, you can schedule a consultation for your child with their dentist for more encouragement to keep taking care of their teeth.

Scheduling Your Baby’s First Rexburg Dentist Appointment

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental appointment between the ages of six months old and one year. If your child is nearing this age and contacts Eagle Rock Dental Care in Rexburg to schedule an appointment to see a family dentist in Rexburg. At your baby’s first visit, we are simply there to answer any questions you have, keep an eye out for any concerns about your child’s developing teeth and make your child and you feel as comfortable as possible at your visit. To schedule an appointment you can call us or fill out a form on our website. Our Team at Eagle Rock Dental Care offers you and your family the most state-of-the-art, antiseptic, comfortable, and personalized dental care available. We have the best atmosphere for kids and are well known for being the best pediatric dentist in Rexburg. Come experience Eagle Rock Dental Care – we believe you will see the difference.