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Baby Oral Health Q&A

Posted by Lone Star Dental Care Jun 25, 2017

If you’ve just recently brought a baby into the world, have a baby on the way, or are thinking about having one, there’s quite a bit of information you need to know about their dental health. Making sure that they have healthy and happy baby teeth now will help ensure that they have straight and healthy teeth as adults as well. What do you need to know about baby teeth? What steps do you need to take to protect their oral health? Here is a baby oral health Q&A to help enlighten you.

Q: Are Babies Born With Any Teeth?

Yes. They are born with 20 teeth. These teeth are below the gums and usually begin to erupt somewhere between 6 months to a year.

Q: How Much Toothpaste Should I Use For My Baby?

If your child is 3 years or younger, brush their teeth twice a day using only a smear of toothpaste that’s equal to the size of a grain of rice.

Q: What Should I Expect When My Baby Starts Teething?

As your baby’s teeth come in, it’s normal for them to act irritable, sleepless, and fussy. They can also begin to lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Symptoms that are not normal are rashes, fever, and diarrhea. If you notice these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

Q: When Should My Baby Visit The Dentist?

When their first tooth erupts, take them to the dentist. If they haven’t erupted any teeth before their first birthday, take them to the dentist.

Q: Is It Ok If I Clean Off My Baby’s Pacifier With My Mouth?

Don’t share utensils or clean their pacifier with your tongue. Your saliva contains bacteria that can increase their odds of developing cavities.

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