It may seem a little silly to fret about the health of your baby’s primary teeth. After all, they’re just going to fall out, right? While that may be true, that doesn’t mean these baby teeth are any less important than the one’s your child will get as they enter into adulthood. In fact, they may be even more important.
By teaching your child proper oral hygiene and how to care for their teeth from a young age, you’re setting them for a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles. To help you along the way, here’s our age-by-age guide to caring for your child’s teeth:
Birth to 6 Months Old
Most children won’t get their first baby teeth in this age range, but dental care should definitely start! Start getting you and your baby into a routine by gently cleansing your little one’s gums with dental wipes or a finger brush.
6-12 Months Old
Your baby will get their first tooth, or teeth, around this age! When those first teeth start to emerge, it’s time to schedule your little one’s first dental appointment with a pediatric dentist in Avon, OH. Be sure to brush those baby teeth at least twice a day, and ask your pediatric dentist about flossing.
12-18 Months Old
By this age, your little one should have already visited with their pediatric dentist and be well on their way to establishing good oral hygiene for a future of healthy teeth. Continue brushing regularly and be sure to check for any signs of cavities or infection, just in case!
18 Months to 5 Years Old
Your child should have a full mouth of teeth by the time they’re around 30 months old, which means it’s time to focus on what you can do to help make sure they have a beautiful smile. You’ve already established good oral hygiene routines, so try working with your little one on not using a pacifier, bottle or sippy cup, or sucking their thumb, to prevent causing bite misalignments or other orthodontic concerns.
Always keep an eye on your child’s teeth and gums at any age to make sure they’re on their way to a lifetime of healthy smiles! Schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentist, Dr. Carolyn Crowell, to get started today!