Early Dental Care



Babies will begin teething at 6 to 12 months of age when their milk teeth begin to erupt. When this happens, their gums will become sore and will swell, causing irritation. This phase could last until your child turns 3. You can help ease your child’s discomfort by giving them teething medication which you can buy over the counter. You can also massage their gums with a clean finger or give them a cold teething ring.

Your child’s teething must be handled properly. You need to be on the look out for signs of baby bottle decay which is caused by feeding a child with milk just before they sleep. The milk can accumulate in their mouth, leading to the formation of acids and eventually, tooth decay.

Only give your child water before he or she sleeps. You can also let them use a pacifier so they can go to sleep. If you notice any dull spots in your child’s mouth, please report it to a pediatric dentist right away.

Baby Teeth

Your baby’s teeth are called milk teeth or primary teeth. They are crucial to your child’s development because they allow your child to chew and speak properly. The milk teeth also help in the proper development of the jaws and create a perfect pathway for the growth of permanent teeth, which starts by the time a child turns 6.

Due to the fact that the milk teeth form the pathways for your child’s permanent teeth, space retainers must be installed if your child has poorly developed or missing teeth. This device ensures that the pathway doesn’t close up prior to the eruption of your child’s permanent teeth. Without it, his or her permanent teeth could be badly deformed.

Even at an early age, you need to teach your child how to care for their milk teeth. Doing so can go a long way in keeping their teeth healthy and strong. It’s also recommended that your child gets scheduled dental visits as early as possible.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Take your child to a dentist by the time he or she turns 1. The earlier you start his or her dental visits, the better. Very young kids are less likely to have dental anxieties. We also make our office as inviting as possible so that children will feel at ease and comfortable during their visits.

The Importance of Primary Teeth

The primary teeth (milk teeth) are essential to your child’s growth and development. This first set of teeth enable a child to speak clearly, chew food properly and maintain good nutrition. They also boost their self-image and guide the eruption of their permanent teeth.

The Importance of a Healthy Diet

A nutritious diet is crucial for healthy teeth. Make sure your child consumes fruits and veggies everyday, as well as cheese, milk, low fat yogurt and other foods that are highly nutritious. Discourage them from eating processed foods, sweets and other snacks that can lead to the development of cavities.

When Do Infant Teeth Come Out?

Infant teeth or milk teeth usually begins to come out at age 4 months. The first ones to erupt are the lower two front teeth followed by the upper two front teeth. Within 2 years, the rest of the 20 milk teeth will come out gradually and randomly.

The milk teeth will slowly be replaced by permanent teeth when a child turns 6. Teeth eruption will continue until 21 years of age. Adults have 28 permanent teeth during this time but the number can reach 32 once the third set of molars (wisdom teeth) have erupted.

How Can I Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

The best thing you can do is not to feed your baby milk before he or she goes to sleep. You can give your infant water or have them use a pacifier to help them sleep. If you notice strange changes in the mouth of your child, please let us know as soon as possible.

Kids Klub Pediatric Dentistry
4731 E. Union Hills Drive, #108
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Phone: 480-267-9315
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