Have some queries about looking after your baby’s teeth? Your top FAQs answered
You and your partner have just welcomed a baby into your lives and want to ensure that you look after their health properly from day 1.
So, what does that entail in relation to dental care?
Whether this is your 1st or 7th child, it is important to put the correct measures in place from as early as possible to make sure that your children have healthy mouths and are comfortable around dental teams. That said, many newer parents have queries about dental care in relation to their infants and need a bit of help getting the fundamentals down.
In this article, some of the most commonly asked questions relating to dental care for babies and toddlers will be answered, to help provide you with a brief insight into how to care for your new family members’ smile.
When will my baby’s first teeth come through?
Generally speaking, a baby’s teeth should begin emerging between the ages of 6-9 months and as soon as you spot the first one appearing, you should begin looking for a Coorparoo family dental surgery to attend.
Signs to look out for in relation to teeth are your baby running a fever, irritability and drooling.
When should my baby attend their first dental appointment?
You should take your baby to see the dentist when their teeth begin erupting or on their first birthday- whichever comes first. It is worth looking for a dental team who have experience in pediatric dental care, who can make the entire experience less intimidating and more fun and engaging.
Does nursing cause tooth decay?
Everyone knows that breast milk is the most nutritionally balanced food for your baby. But, unfortunately, like all milk, it contains sugars that can cause decay, especially to newly erupted baby teeth.
To protect your baby’s teeth against decay while nursing, be sure to brush their teeth with an age-appropriate toothpaste twice a day and keep an eye on their teeth for signs of plaque build-up. As always, if you have any questions about nursing and your baby’s oral health, talk to your family dental team or doctor for more information.
My baby’s teeth look really crooked- does this mean they will need braces later in life?
It is normal for a newly erupted set of baby teeth to look a bit crooked or spaced apart. As your baby ages and their teeth set in their jaws, they should straighten out and any spacing should resolve itself.
If you have concerns about pronounced gaps in your baby’s teeth when they have all erupted, talk to your dentist. They will aim to monitor the situation and will consult with an orthodontist (if needed) when your baby develops their adult teeth at around 7 years old.
My baby has blood in their mouth- is that normal while teething?
Yes, it is perfectly normal!
But if your baby is bleeding excessively while they are teething, you will need to take them to see a dentist promptly to assess the cause.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.