Teething of primary (baby) teeth usually occurs from six months to age 3. Your child’s gums may feel sore when teeth erupt. Many children like a clean chilled teething ring, cool spoon, or cold wet washcloth. Alternatively, you may massage the gums with a small toothbrush and cool water.
The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. Dental problems can begin early. An example is Early Childhood Caries (also know as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries). Your child risks severe decay from using a bottle during naps or at night or when they nurse continuously from the breast.
Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and smile with confidence. Start your child now on a lifetime of good dental habits.
“First visit by first birthday.” A child should have his/her first dental visit when the first tooth appears (usually between six to twelve months of age), or before his/her first birthday, whichever comes first. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.