Caring for Your Child’s Baby Teeth

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Your baby’s first tooth should appear around the age of 6 months, and by the time she reaches two or three, all 20 should have erupted. Around the age of six, her permanent teeth should start replacing her baby teeth. That process should be finished between the ages of 12 and 13. Just because your child’s baby teeth aren’t going to stick around, that doesn’t mean that they can be neglected. An important role for baby teeth is that they hold the space in your child’s mouth for the incoming adult teeth.

Before the baby teeth come in, wipe your child’s gums with gauze after every feeding. When your child’s teeth do come in, you should brush them carefully at least twice a day with a small, soft brush. You should talk to Dr. Carla LaLande at Children's Dental Care & Orthodontics about when to start using fluoride in your child’s oral health routine. Your child may have trouble brushing or flossing on her own until about the age of 8.

Everyone needs to see their dentist regularly, and your children are no exception. You should schedule your child’s first appointment with us before her first birthday, and within six months of getting her first tooth.

If you live in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area, give us a call at 702-254-8858 to schedule her appointment.