We have two sets of teeth during life: 20 temporary baby teeth and 32 permanent adult teeth.
Baby Teeth and Teething
Baby teeth usually appear when your baby is 6 months – 1 year old. The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives recommends a dentist examine your child no later than their first birthday. Besides checking for tooth decay and other problems, the dentist can show you how to clean the child's teeth properly and how to deal with any issues like THUMB SUCKING.
Why do Babies Teethe?
Baby Teeth Chart
Baby Teeth and Teething Tips
When babies are teething, they may become fussy, sleepless and irritable, lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Diarrhea, rashes and a fever are not normal for a teething baby. If your baby has a fever or diarrhea while teething or continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your doctor.
Babies may get sore or tender gums when their teeth cut their gums. Gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger, a small, cool spoon or a wet gauze pad can soothe them. A clean teething ring may also help.
When baby teeth break through the gums, brush the teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little water to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride toothpaste is not recommended until a child reaches age 2.
Ages 2 and up: help young children brush their teeth and teach them to spit out the fluoride toothpaste. They shouldn’t swallow it.
Begin regular dental checkups no later than your child’s first birthday for “smile” insurance.