Babies are so precious! And you want to do everything you can to ensure their good health. It’s just as important to choose the most natural approach to dental care as you would when choosing other baby care products. There are natural ways to apply pre-tooth care for babies and a holistic approach to dentistry over his or her lifetime is best.
Is Pre-Tooth Care Needed?
Your baby started forming teeth during your fourth month of pregnancy! That’s about the time calcification starts. Pre-tooth care includes eating a healthy diet with calcium and phosphorus even before your baby’s birth. (We perform toxin-free dentistry to ensure no toxic materials or fillings endanger your health or your baby’s health.)
You can start cleaning your baby’s mouth even before 1 month, just by gently wiping the gums with a clean, damp cloth. Don’t use toothpaste.
Note: Breastfeeding does not cause dental decay. Furthermore, some studies that suggest babies who are breastfed may have less issues with tooth alignment in their future.
Tooth decay can occur from prolonged exposure to bottle drinks that contain sugar, however.
When Do Babies Start Teething?
Most babies show signs of teeth coming in between 6 months and their first birthday. The incisors are typically the first to erupt. The lower central incisors (the bottom front teeth) are nearly always the first to show.
Baby Tooth Chart:
|PRIMARY TOOTH ERUPTIONS||TYPICAL AGE|
|Lower Central Incisors||6-10 months old|
|Upper Central Incisors||8-12 months old|
|Upper Lateral Incisors||9-13 months old|
|Lower Lateral Incisors||10-16 months old|
|Upper First Molars||13-19 months old|
|Lower First Molars||14-18 months old|
|Upper Cuspids||16-22 months old|
|Lower Cuspids||17-23 months old|
|Upper Second Molars||25-33 months old|
|Lower Second Molars||23-31 months old|
How Long Does It Take for a Baby Tooth to Come In?
Each tooth can take between a few days to several weeks to erupt through the gums. Your baby will likely show the signs of teething prior to fussiness. He or she will drool more than “usual,” may have disrupted sleep, visual swelling of the gums, pull at his or her ears, and increasingly bite on items.
Most of us will have 20 primary teeth in our lifetime. Once your baby’s first tooth breaks through the gums, you can expect him or her to get a new tooth each month until age 3.
How Can I Ease Teething Discomfort Naturally?
We don’t know for sure how painful teething actual is for babies. There fussiness and crying can signal irritation and/or pain, but since they are unable to speak, it’s unknown how uncomfortable the arrival of teeth really is. Even when children can communicate regarding pain and discomfort, each person has their own threshold of pain.
But even minor discomfort in a baby can cause a parent to become quite concerned, so we understand the desire to find any way to help soothe a teething baby.
Here are natural ways to soothe a teething baby:
- Cold teething rings (Look for products that are marked safe for use and appropriate for your baby’s age)
- Cold washcloth for “chewing”
- Frozen breastmilk in a mesh feeder (6 months or older)
- Counter pressure (use your own clean finger to do this, or a clean washcloth)
Whatever teething rings and cloths you use to ease your baby’s teething pain, keep them clean.
What’s the Best Age for a First Dental Visit?
Once the first tooth makes its way through your baby’s gums, then you can set up that first official visit to the dentist’s office. Our friendly staff will help you set up an appointment.
At any point during the teething stage, if your baby develops a fever, diarrhea, or is showing signs of lethargy, call your pediatrician.
We welcome you to call our office with questions regarding your baby’s dental care at any time. The staff at Susquehanna Dental Arts believes that relationships and communication play important roles in providing holistic dentistry to families.