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Things Parents Should Know About Baby Teeth

Posted on 10/11/2021 by Mark Bieber
Things Parents Should Know About Baby TeethYour baby's first teeth, also known as primary teeth, start coming in around six months of age. This can be a time of worry for parents and caregivers alike. What should you do if your child has a toothache? Is it normal for the gums to bleed around the teeth? Here are some things you should know about your baby's first set of chompers: what they look like, how many come in at once, and more!

Baby teeth are important for chewing food, speaking properly, and preventing future problems with dental hygiene

There are twenty baby teeth, ten on the top and ten on the bottom of your child's mouth. Don't worry if all twenty come in at once; it is not uncommon for this to occur! Two-year molars will follow shortly after them as well. The next set of 20 teeth will begin coming through around the age of six.

The baby teeth are more susceptible to decay than the adult versions because they have not yet developed protective enamel on their surfaces. However, if you have taken good care of your child's teeth since they first came in by brushing twice a day with fluoride-containing toothpaste and taking them for regular dental checkups, their teeth will be strong, healthy, and cavity-free.

The top front baby tooth is the first one to fall out

The top front tooth is generally the first to fall out, but that isn't always the case. The bottom teeth are more likely to come out first because they don't have as much surface area touching other teeth; this helps them become loose and be knocked out by accident or through play (this happened with both of my kids). You should keep an eye on the top front tooth, though; it will likely be ready to come out within a few weeks of your child's first birthday.

Signs of tooth decay or other dental problems can lead to pain and serious damage

If your child is showing signs of dental problems such as a toothache, swollen gums or cheeks around the teeth, bleeding from their mouth during chewing or feeding, discoloration in the enamel (white spots), bad breath that doesn't go away with brushing twice daily, sensitivity when drinking hot liquids, or a change in appetite, contact your child's dentist immediately. These issues can lead to serious problems such as infections and tooth loss if not addressed by a professional right away!

We hope you've found this information on baby teeth helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at ____ or come by the practice during our hours of operation. Our team is here for all your dental needs!

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