Most babies will develop their teeth at the ages of 6 to 12 months.
There is a very wide range of variability of when a first tooth will appear, some babies will not have any teeth by their first birthday. Babies will begin exploring the world with their mouth around the age of 3 months and have increased saliva and will also start putting their hands in their mouth. Most parents question whether or not their baby is teething, but a first tooth is expected to appear around 6 months old. The first teeth to come in are almost always the lower front teeth and most children will usually have all of their baby teeth by the time they reach the age of 3.
Add Fluoride to your child's diet at the age of 6 months.
Fluoride is a mineral which helps prevent tooth decay by hardening the enamel of teeth. On the upside, fluoride is mostly found in tap water. Give your baby a few ounces of water in a sippy cup when you begin feeding her or him solid foods. Fluoride is not typically found in most bottled water.
Offering something cold or massaging sore gums can help soothe your baby's teething pain.
Babies may show signs of discomfort in the area where the tooth is coming in, the gums around the tooth may be tender and swollen, and the baby will drool more than usual.
Parents can help ease the pain by massaging their baby's gums with clean fingers, offering solid teething rings, or a clean wet washcloth.
A baby's body temperature may slightly rise when teething. however, a true fever (temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) has nothing to do with teething and is a sign of an illness or infection that may require treatment.
Do not use teething tablets, gels with benzocaine, homeopathic teething gels or tablets, or amber teething necklaces.
Keep away from teething tablets that contain the plant poison belladonna and gels with benzocaine as they may cause side effects.
You may also like to know that amber teething necklaces are not recommended. Placing Necklaces around your baby's neck may strangle or choke you baby.
Brush your baby's teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Once your baby has a tooth, you should be brushing them twice a day with a smear of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Remember not to put your baby to bed with a bottle since it leads to tooth decay.
Consult with your pediatrician about your baby's teeth.
Your pediatrician will check your baby's teeth and gums during regular well-child visits to ensure they are healthy and teach you how to keep them that way. Ask your pediatrician if they can apply fluoride varnish to your baby's teeth. Once your child has a dentist, the varnish can be applied in the dental clinic. The earlier your child is treated with fluoride varnish the better to help avoid tooth decay.
Set a dental appointment as soon as the first tooth appears.
Try to make your baby's first dental appointment when he or she have their first tooth and by his or her first birthday.
Both the AAP and the AAPD strongly suggest that all children see a pediatric dentist and establish a "dental home" by age one. A pediatric dentist will make sure all teeth are developing normally with no dental problems. They will also give you advice on hygiene. If you don't have a pediatric dentist in your area, find a general dentist who is will accept seeing young children.