Do you see a white bud or a bulge erupting in your child’s oral cavity. Well it might be the time when your baby crosses the first dental milestone i.e first tooth eruption. Although its quite exciting but might be little problematic for few children and hence their parents. Let us understand few facts and tips on what to do while your child undergoes this beautiful process of having his own teeth.
Very common questions which pop up in every parent’s mind has been listed below-
What is the age at which the first tooth erupts?
In most of the cases, babies develop their first tooth by 6 months of age. Commonly, the first tooth to erupt in oral cavity is lower front tooth. However, variations might occur in some individuals, like the teeth may not appear till 1 year of age or in some babies their might be early eruption of teeth. Cases have also been reported with tooth present in oral cavity at the time of birth called Natal Teeth.
Mostly all the deciduous teeth in oral cavity erupt by 3 years of age.
What are the signs of teething?
How do we get to know that the child is having his first tooth coming out of the oral cavity? These are few signs to look for-
- Soreness, redness and tenderness associated with teething gums due to teeth erupting.
- Restless or decreased sleeping due to gum discomfort
- Refusal of food due to pain while having food.
- Increased salivation
What should be done during teething phase?
While the child is going through teething, these simple and regular steps help in relieving as well as managing teething problems.
1. Regular brushing and cleaning
From the day the first tooth erupts in oral cavity, brushing is important. Parents should stress on brushing twice and should themselves assist in brushing the child’s teeth till the age of 6 years.
There are some other things which help in relieving pain which include
- Messaging the sore gums
- Do not let food particles accumulate in that region. Regular intake of water and regular rinses to be done.
- Wipe the baby’s mouth with a clean wet gauge after every meal
- Teethers are available in the markets as an aid.
2. Fluoride to the rescue
Fluoride is a mineral that helps in hardening of teeth layer called enamel and hence help in preventing tooth cavities. Water mostly contains fluorine and fluorine is recommended for remineralisation of teeth. However excess fluoride might lead to dental fluorosis.
When should we consult a dentist?
Ideally, the moment first tooth erupts in oral cavity, parents should come and seek dental opinion. Your dentist may check the babies erupting teeth and gums properly and will guide you about proper dental hygiene maintainance. Regular dental visit is extremely important for the child’s dental health and should be done at least once a year.
Oral healthcare is not just important for adults or permanent teeth but also for deciduous teeth.
Most of the people believe that milk teeth are of no use as these shed off eventually which is not true. Milk teeth are as important as permanent teeth as they act as natural space maintainers till permanent teeth erupt. Also good oral hygiene is a habit that should be imbibed right from the beginning. Stay happy, Smile healthy.
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