9 Common Questions New Parents Have About Their Baby's Teeth

9 Common Questions New Parents Have About Their Baby's Teeth
Posted on 04/03/2020

mother and childMany new parents (understandably) have questions about their new baby's teeth. Without any experience with baby teeth, including tooth brushing and tooth care, parents often turn to their child's dentist for information. This FAQ will help you understand your role in the care of your baby's teeth and will also answer some questions you might have about baby teeth. 

1. When Will My Child Get Their First Teeth?

Baby teeth generally start to come in when a child is between six and nine months of age. You'll probably know when your child starts teething because your child may become irritable, run a fever, rub their cheek or start drooling a lot. Monitor their symptoms and contact your baby's dentist and physician with questions. 

2. When Should My Child See the Dentist?

Bring your child to the dentist either when the first teeth erupt from the gums or when your child reaches one year of age, whichever comes first. Look for a dentist who specializes in pediatric dentistry to ensure the best experience. 

Pediatric dentists have practices that are designed for children, including lobbies that have entertainment for children, and examination rooms with child-friendly features. Pediatric dentists also have extensive experience working with children who are shy of strangers and have ways of comforting children who may not feel comfortable in the dentist's office. 

3. When Should I Start Brushing My Baby's Teeth?

Start brushing your child's teeth as soon as the first tooth emerges. Choose a toothpaste recommended by your baby's dentist. Brush gently. Do this twice daily.

4. Is It True Nursing Causes Tooth Decay?

Although breast milk is good for your baby, it does contain some sugar that can potentially cause tooth decay. Formula contains sugar as well. To protect your baby's teeth, brush their teeth twice daily, and bring your child to the dentist as per the advice in the previous sections.

Breast milk and formula are not the only drinks that can give your baby cavities. Juices and sodas contain high amounts of sugar and can also cause tooth decay. Talk to your child's pediatrician before allowing your baby to drink juice or soda, and limit their consumption to protect your child's teeth.     

5. Why Are My Child's Baby Teeth Spaced Apart?

Baby teeth are naturally spaced apart when they first emerge. These gaps between your baby's teeth should fill in as the mouth fills up with teeth. If the gaps between your child's teeth are unusually wide for any reason, your baby's dentist can monitor the situation and make recommendations to correct problems as they become apparent. This is one of the reasons it's important to bring your baby to the dentist early and regularly.

6. What Are the Signs of Dental Problems In Babies?

A drop or two of blood could occur while your child is teething, but contact the dentist if you notice blood in your child's mouth. If the tooth bleeds more than a tiny amount, make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as possible. If your child runs a fever, it's likely normal, but check in with your child's physician just to be on the safe side. 

7. When Should I Start Flossing My Little One's Teeth?

Start flossing as soon as your child has two teeth that touch. Flossing in a baby's mouth can be tricky, so talk to your child's dentist about best practices. Your child's dentist can show you the best way to floss without causing discomfort for your baby, while still making the flossing effective.

8. Does My Baby Need to Take Fluoride Supplements?

Fluoride in the right quantities helps prevent tooth decay. If you live in Minnesota and get your water from the municipal water supply, then your child should automatically get their recommended fluoride from your water. Minnesota water is fluoridated at a level of 0.7 mg/L.

If you get your water from well water, talk to your child's pediatrician. Your child's pediatric dentist may recommend fluoride supplements at the appropriate age. 

9. What Are the Signs My Baby Has Crooked Teeth?

Because babies have naturally occurring gaps between their teeth, you may have difficulty telling if their teeth are growing in crooked or straight. Your baby's dentist will be able to evaluate your child's teeth to determine whether something must be done to correct your child's bite. 

Contact Your Child's Dentist Today

Taking care of a new baby can be stressful, especially if you feel uncertain about their dental hygiene. If you're a new parent with questions about your child's teeth, talk to your child's dentist over the phone or in person.

At Dentistry for Children & Adolescents, we're happy to answer all your questions about your baby's teeth and dental hygiene. Contact us today to make an appointment for your new baby.


Dentistry for Children & Adolescents

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