There are children who – let’s be real, it sounds a little freaky – are born with the so-called neonatal teeth.
Others, however, will only develop teeth after turning one year old. However, on average, the milk teeth begin to show up around the sixth and eighth months of life.
Usually, the two bottom front teeth are the ones who show up before everyone else, followed by their neighbors. After that, the top two frontal ones start coming out. One tooth shows up per month and, around the two, two and a half year mark, children will have a full set of 20 teeth in their mouth.
If you haven’t started your child’s dental hygiene, it’s best to start now.
You can use a special silicone brush or a small toothbrush to clean the gums with water.
After the first tooth comes out, it is recommended to brush with fluoride-free children’s toothpaste. Good hygiene habits from a young age are very healthy and bring long term benefits. Cleaning your little one’s first teeth will also prevent “baby bottle tooth decay,” an issue that affects babies who breastfeed or bottle-feed at night and don’t have their teeth cleaned afterward.
Attention: toothpaste containing fluoride should only be adopted when the child learns how to spit. It will happen around the three-year mark.
The arrival of the first tooth tends to cause some discomfort for babies and, consequently, their parents. Some of the symptoms include agitation, irritability, loss of sleep or appetite, dry cough, excessive saliva, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about symptoms and how to soothe them.
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