Baby teeth, also known as the primary teeth, first start to appear between the first 4 to 15 months after birth. You may not know what to expect or how to care for them. Here are a few questions and answers to help prepare you for teething:
What is the normal eruption sequence?
Normally, the central incisors (the central two front teeth of the upper and lower jaws) appear first. The lateral incisors (the teeth on either side of the two central teeth) appear next. Then, the first molars erupt, followed by the canines. The last primary teeth to appear are the second molars. It's normal for the lower teeth to start erupting before the upper.
The shedding process of the primary teeth, which starts around age six follows a similar pattern. The first teeth to be lost are usually the first that erupted.
Don't be alarmed if your child's teeth don't erupt in the expected sequence. Each child is different. Still, if your child's first tooth has not erupted by the time they reach a year and a half, it may best to visit a pediatric dentist at a clinic like Smile Builders - Robyn Lesser DMD for an evaluation.
What are the symptoms of teething?
There are signs that your child will display to indicate he or she is teething. Here are a few of them:
How can you relieve teething symptoms?
Here are few ways to reduce your child's teething discomfort:
How do you care for your child's new teeth?
Once the new teeth have appeared, here are few measures you should take to protect them:
To find out more about how to care for your child's teeth and their eruption process, visit a local pediatric dentist.Share
17 March 2016