10 Things You Never Knew About Baby Teeth
Teething can be a stressful process for both the baby and the parents, so it’s important to arm yourself with the facts to guide you along the way. We’ve rounded up the top ten facts that you might not have realized when it comes to your baby’s teeth.
- One in every 2000 – 3000 babies is born with at least one tooth!
Occasionally, babies are born with one or more teeth, which are known as ‘natal teeth’. Doctors sometimes opt to remove these teeth as they may be loose – resulting in a choking hazard.
- The first tooth usually appears between six and twelve months of age.
Although teeth can appear as early as three months, they usually start to break through at around six – twelve months. The first teeth to appear are usually in the middle of the bottom row, otherwise known as lower central incisors.
- Your child should have their first trip to the dentist as soon as their first tooth breaks through.
You may think it is fine to simply leave baby teeth as they’ll soon fall out anyway, but this isn’t the correct approach. You should take your baby to the dentist after their first tooth breaks through to ensure they are coming through correctly.
- Most children have all twenty baby teeth by around two and a half.
In most cases, children will have all twenty of their baby teeth by two and a half – three years old.
- In most cases, the first ‘adult’ tooth comes through at around age six.
The first permanent teeth – adult molars – will appear when the child is around six. They will usually have all come through by around thirteen.
- Over forty percent of children are found to have cavities in their baby teeth.
Over forty percent of children between the ages of two and eleven are found to have cavities in their baby teeth.
- Thumb sucking is a common habit in young children, but it can cause damage to their teeth.
Thumb sucking can affect the growth of a child’s mouth and the alignment of their teeth. The same can be said for traditional pacifiers.
- Your child has four different types of baby teeth.
The four different types of baby teeth are incisors (biting), canines (tearing), and premolars and molars (for chewing)!
- Fluoride toothpaste can be used from around age three – and is recommended by dentists.
A pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste will help to keep your child’s mouth clean and healthy while preventing decay.
- You should avoid putting anything containing sugar in a baby bottle – and that can sometimes include formula.
Nothing containing sugar should be placed in a bottle, as it leaves a continual residue of sugar on the baby’s teeth. Instead keep it filled up with water for the most part, or milk or a formula that you know contains no sugar.
While some of these may be obvious to some, new parents or those who don’t yet have kids of their own may be surprised to learn the facts behind baby teeth. By knowing these things well in advance, you’ll know exactly what to do when it comes to teething. Good luck!
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