The moment you welcome your new baby into the world, you probably also have a number of questions. You may have questions about the baby’s health, colic, jaundice, eating habits, sleeping habits, cries, teeth and more.
It’s enough to make any new parent a bit crazy. However, it’s a good kind of crazy, if you know what I mean. When it comes to your baby’s teeth, here are three common questions other new parents have about it.
Common Question #1: When should my baby see a dentist?
Once a baby’s teeth begin coming through, many parents wonder when it’s ideal to visit a pediatric dentist. Generally speaking, around two years of age is a good indicator. Some dentists will recommend parents bring their babies in as soon as they begin cutting their teeth, which means they’re coming in. That allows them to determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed right away.
Common Question #2: What happens if my baby’s teeth don’t come in?
Some people expect their babies teeth begin showing before they turn one year old. However, that’s not always the case.
In truth, some babies will not begin showing their teeth until they are one and a half years old and even closer to two. If your baby isn’t showing any teeth as he/she approaches two years of age, it’s time to consult a pediatric dentist.
Common Question #3: When should I begin brushing my baby’s teeth?
In truth, you should begin gentle brushing your baby’s gums very early on, even long before the teeth begin coming through. Taking care of your baby’s gums helps to control bacteria, stimulate blood flow, and promote healthy teeth and gums once those teeth finally begin showing through.