Do you get lost in your baby’s deep, beautiful eyes? Do your heartstrings get pulled each time your baby smiles or laughs? Chances are, you’ll do anything to protect your child. That’s why the teething process can be hard not only for them, but for you, because you feel for them. If this is your first child, it helps to know exactly what is happening and what you can to do to help. Here are the details:
A child’s first tooth typically erupts above the gum line at around six months of age. Other teeth will slowly grow into place throughout time. Once your child is three years old, they should have a full set of baby white teeth.
This is a natural process, but it does not come without discomfort. Giving your child teething rings, cold spoons, or even your finger to chew on will relieve some of the pain.
As soon as the first tooth shows its beautiful face, you’ll want to start brushing your child’s teeth. Brush twice a day with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and water. When two teeth grow in next to each other, start flossing their smile. When they are about 2 years old, you can start adding toothpaste to their brushing routine.
As for a dental checkup, bring your child in to see Dr. Shoptaw and Dr. Gregerson six months after their first tooth erupts or around the time they have their first birthday.
If you use our tips, there is a great chance your child will grow into the strong and beautiful smile they deserve. To schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentists in Harker Heights, TX, simply give Killeen Children’s Dental Center a call at (254) 262-3131. We look forward to seeing your child smile.