Whether you’re a new or repeat parent, one of the major milestones you can expect from your child’s development is the appearance of baby (or primary) teeth. While the time it takes for baby teeth to appear, also called “tooth eruption,” can vary for every child, it’s something that most parents can expect to happen within the first year of their child’s life.
The eruption of a child’s first primary tooth is a major event for both the child and their parents. The first tooth is significant because it signals the incoming of the rest of the baby teeth, permanent teeth, and wisdom teeth at last. While the baby teeth may start coming in early for some children--before the 6 month mark--and late for others--after 8 months or even past the first birthday--the adult teeth will take quite a lot longer to erupt.
It’s no secret that most, if not all, children will suck their thumb at one point or another during their early years of life. It can be calming and comforting for young children and infants especially, and it may also help babies fall asleep without the use of a pacifier. This behavior can be completely harmless while your child is still young, specifically before they begin to erupt their first teeth. However, the longer this habit persists, there is a higher likelihood for repercussions that can last your child years and not be easily correctable. Here are 4 explanations of these consequences.
It may not be too surprising to know that your pediatric dentist will be able to answer all of your questions regarding oral care for your infant or young child. Just like a general dentist, a pediatric dentist is certified to work on your teeth and gums, as well as provide medical advice regarding oral health. However, a pediatric dentist is specially equipped to care for younger patients. Pediatric dentists must have an additional 2-3 year residency program that involves care with babies, children, and adolescents, giving them the qualifications necessary to answer questions specific to the growing needs of your child’s oral health.
Being a new parent presents many challenges, from feeding to changing to healthcare, and even oral care. There’s a lot to learn, and it’s okay to ask questions along the way. While you may not always be able to turn to a grandparent or partner for advice, you can always turn to a professional for information on your child’s needs. Your child’s pediatric dentist can answer quite a lot for you, and they likely know what you may have questions about. Here are a few questions that might come up on (or before) your first visit to the pediatric dentist.
Most parents, new or repeat, know the difficulties that come along with a teething child. Children can get fussy, have more drool than usual, and may need more attention to ensure they’re comfortable during the teething process. All children have a bit of variance as to when their teeth are supposed to start breaking through the gums, and this is perfectly normal. But how long is this pain supposed to last?
Before taking your child to the dentist for the first time, you may wish to consider whether you should see a pediatric dentist or a general dentist. Not every parent is aware of the differences between pediatric dentists and general dentists, so it’s important to recognize this distinction before finding someone to take care of your child.
For many new parents, the reality of oral care for an infant or toddler, and even beyond these ages into their childhood years, can seem confusing and daunting. You may not know everything about how to take care of a child, especially as a first-time parent trying to do the best for your child. There may be things you don’t realize about childcare, and you might not learn them until you speak to someone with expertise on the subject.