Are you just waiting for your child to start screaming because their teeth are finally cutting through their gums? If so, please relax. Teething isn’t as scary as many people think it is, especially if you know the teething process and how to take good care of your child’s smile. In fact, that is exactly what this blog is for! Dr. Debra Craig and our dental team would like to tell you a little more about the teething process as well as oral hygiene practices by passing some information along.
When it comes to teething, the first baby tooth will typically grow into place when your child is six months old. The first tooth is usually the middle front tooth on the lower jaw. The rest of the smile will grow into place slowly over time. Once your child is about three years old, they should have a full set of teeth.
When it comes to oral hygiene for your child, you’ll need to care for your child’s little chompers as soon as they pop out of the gums. It’s best to do so by brushing them twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. Now, don’t worry about flossing until your child has two teeth next to each other. At this point, it’s best to floss between those teeth regularly. To keep your child’s chompers healthy and strong, make sure they are receiving enough fluoride.
When it comes to your child’s first dental visit at Harmony Family Dental, the American Dental Association suggests that you take your child in to see their dentist six months after their first tooth has erupted or around their first birthday.
As you can see, the teething process as well as oral hygiene practices aren’t as tough as you might have thought. Now, the pain of the teething process might make things a little tougher. However, if you have difficulty soothing your child while they are teething, please feel free to call our office at 509-467-1562 and ask our dental team for tips. We are more than happy to help you, even if it’s just by answering your questions!