Parents Guide for Baby’s First Teeth
- It’s Normal
During the teething period, it is normal for babies to experience some discomfort. You might also notice that the baby is drooling a lot. During this time you might, you might see little white bumps on the baby’s gums which will later develop into the baby’s teeth. The irritation that the baby experiences is one of the signs of tooth eruption.
- What’s Not Okay
Well, signs of irritation and discomfort are okay but there are certain symptoms that are not okay. If your child has a fever, diarrhea or oral rashes during the teething period it is better to consult a dentist immediately. Teeth can be discomforting and painful at times but it does not cause fever or diarrhea. If your baby shows signs of they are at risk of infection, in such cases parents should seek medical help as soon as possible.
- What’s The Best Time To Consult A Dentist
It is best to visit the dentist when your baby is showing signs of teething. Don’t delay the dentist visit until your child experiences discomfort or other issues. Research suggests that it is a must to visit the dentist within 6 months of the baby’s first tooth, for a general dental check-up.
- Toothbrush And Toothpaste
Taking care of your baby’s oral health from a young age is a must. It is recommended to wrap a guage around the finger and clean the gums of the infant after every feeding. Use of a finger brush is advisable for 6 – 12 months infants. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste is very suitable for babies aged 1 and above. If you do not have fluoridated toothpaste near you, it’s best to consult the dentist for alternatives. Avoid the usage of adult toothpaste for your child.
It is beneficial to consult a dentist for your child from an early age. This helps the child to get comfortable with the dentist and have the right knowledge of oral hygiene. Get your child’s dental check-up before their first birthday for good oral health in the future. Know more by scheduling your baby’s first dental check-up with Dr. Siva Nagini at Raghavendra Colony, Kondapur.