Your child’s baby teeth will start to erupt between the ages of 6-12 months old and will continue to grow in until around the age of 3. During these times of teething, your child may feel discomfort or pain. You can alleviate this discomfort by applying counter pressure with a clean finger or a cool, damp cloth. Putting a teething ring in the freezer for a few minutes can also help alleviate the swelling and pain of the gum tissue. By the time your child is finished teething, he or she should have a total of 20 baby teeth.
As your child’s teeth begin to erupt, make sure you’re caring for them immediately. Make sure each tooth is brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste (just a pea-sized amount for kids over 2) at least twice a day. The earlier you start brushing your child’s teeth, the more he will become used to it and he’ll be less likely to throw oral hygiene-related tantrums in the future!
In addition to brushing, make sure that you’re flossing your child’s teeth as soon as two teeth are close enough to be touching one another. Floss gently and help your child learn the importance of flossing early and often! There are child-themed flossers to help your child learn to use the correct amount of floss and helps them reach the back teeth more easily.
If you have additional questions about your child’s oral hygiene habits, or to make an appointment with Dr. Naomi Lane, please contact Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry today. Our child’s dental office is located in Greensboro, North Carolina but we also see patients from Summerfield, and Oak Ridge; as well as the children living within neighborhoods like New & Old Irving Park, Forest Valley, Friendly Acres, and more.