Wondering what to expect from the teething process as a new parent? Read on and learn everything you need to know about teething in babies and when to start brushing your child’s teeth.
When Do Babies Start Teething? Understanding the Process
Most babies get their first tooth between the ages of 6-12 months. The upper front and bottom teeth (incisors) come in first. Then, the canines and molars begin to emerge. Most kids will have most or all of their teeth by the age of 22-24 months.
The teething process can be uncomfortable, and even painful, for kids. One common way to soothe their gums is to soak a clean rag in cold water or ice and apply it to the area where their new tooth is erupting. Chewable toys like teething rings also help relieve the discomfort of teething. There are even teething toys that can be frozen for extra relief.
When Should I Start Brushing My Child’s Teeth? Proper Dental Care
Even before your child’s teeth come out, you should clean your child’s gums with a clean cloth after every feeding. Once their first tooth erupts, you should begin brushing it with a small, rice-sized dab of toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Once your child learns how to spit (about 3) you should use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste.
You should brush your child’s teeth twice per day for two minutes. You’ll usually have to brush your child’s teeth for them until about the age of 6, or whenever they are coordinated enough to tie their own shoes.
Keep Your Child’s Mouth Healthy with Proper Dental Care!
With this information, you can keep your child’s mouth healthy and know what to expect from the teething process. To keep ensure good oral hygiene, make sure you start seeing a dentist every six months once your child’s first tooth erupts.