HELP ME GROW: From toothless grin to perfect smile. What to know about your baby’s first teeth

If you think your baby’s toothless grin is cute, just wait until their first few teeth make an appearance. Around six to twelve months of age, your baby will start teething. It’s an exciting time as a parent, but it can turn your baby’s smile upside down. Teething can cause him or her some pain, and the tears will certainly start flowing. Your baby will start drooling and chewing on everything and anything. Learn how to take care of your baby’s teeth and gums now. Practice good oral health now and it will be easier as your baby grows!

Teething can cause your baby discomfort. Luckily there are ways to help soothe your baby. You can massage your baby’s gums with clean fingers. You can give them a solid teething ring or a clean frozen wet washcloth. These give your baby something to gum and can make them feel better. Make sure you monitor your baby’s temperature during this time. In some cases their temperature will rise. If you are worried about the health of your baby, or them being uncomfortable, talk to your healthcare provider.

Your baby is born with a full set of teeth, 20 in fact. They break through your baby’s gums over a period of months. The first to come through are the lower front teeth. Next come the top front teeth. Try to schedule your baby’s first dental visit after their first teeth start to show. The dentist will make sure the teeth are developing normally. They will also give you advice on how to care for your baby’s teeth.

When your baby sprouts his or her first tooth it’s time to start brushing! You should brush your baby’s teeth twice a day with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. The amount of toothpaste shouldn’t be bigger than the size of a grain of rice.

Worried your baby’s teeth aren’t coming in like they should? Concerned that the pain your baby is experiencing is more than it should be? Or just need oral health care tips?  Dial 2-1-1 Help Me Grow to talk to an experienced specialist who can connect you with services, programs and informational resources.