Your baby’s dental health is an exciting topic: When will the first tooth come in? When will the first tooth fall out? How many teeth will your child have? But Westborough pediatric dentists say there are tons of other interesting facts about your baby’s teeth. Check out these 10 cool dental factoids about baby teeth:
- The first baby tooth should break through the gums between the ages of 6 months and 12 months.
- Some babies are actually born with teeth! Experts say about 1 in every 3000 babies will be born with a neonatal tooth.
- All of the baby teeth, 20 in total, should be erupted between the ages of 2 and 3 years old.
- The first baby teeth to erupt are the 2 front teeth, called incisors. The 2 lower incisors will typically grow in first, followed by the 2 upper incisors.
- Studies show that as many as 40% of children have cavities in their baby teeth. That’s why cleaning the gums and teeth is advised after every feeding.
- You can brush your child’s teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste after the age of 3 to strengthen the teeth and fight cavities.
- Approximately 15% of children continue to suck their thumbs after the age of 5, and pediatric dentists warn that this habit can distort the shape of the jaw as well as damage the permanent teeth.
- You can protect your baby of early tooth decay by only filling the bottle with water, milk, or baby formula. Taking the bottle away whenever the baby is in the crib is also recommended.
- The first grown-up tooth (permanent) should break through the gums around the age of 6.
- You can schedule an appointment with a Westborough pediatric dentist as soon as the first tooth grows in the mouth to learn more about your child’s growth and development.
For more cool information about baby teeth, call to schedule an appointment today.