The age when the first tooth appears is highly variable from child to child. However, most will develop teeth between 6-12 months of age. Around three months, you may notice increased saliva or your baby putting their hands in their mouths. This is normal but does not indicate that they’re teething.
In most cases, the first teeth to emerge are the lower front teeth (lower central incisors); by age three, most children have all of their baby teeth.
Start Brushing when the First Baby Tooth Arrives
As soon as the first tooth emerges, you should start developing an oral hygiene routine. Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste on a baby toothbrush and clean all around it. It’s crucial to brush after the last meal of the day and never put your child to sleep with a baby bottle as it can lead to tooth decay.
Schedule Baby's First Dental Visit
Around this time, you should also incorporate routine dental visits as part of preventive dental care. The American Academy recommends that children start visiting the dentist when the first baby tooth appears or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.
Fluoride Applications to Prevent Cavities
If you live near a well or your child drinks bottled water exclusively, your dentist may recommend a fluoride varnish. Fluoride is a mineral that hardens tooth enamel that also strengthens teeth, and it helps prevent cavities.
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