Healthy baby teeth are important for eating, talking, smiling. They provide proper shape to the face. They help guide permanent teeth into the correct position.
Teething usually starts around 6 months of age, and most children have all 20 of their baby teeth by age 3.
Comforting Your Teething Baby
- Offer a cold, firm, safe, and clean teething object, like a teething ring or slightly frozen damp washcloth.
- Rub your child’s gums gently with a clean finger.
- Clean your baby’s teeth and gums with a soft, clean, cool damp cloth if a soft toothbrush is uncomfortable.
Child Proof Your House
When babies and small children injure their mouths, this can lead to problems as baby teeth come in. Injuries to baby teeth can cause problems with the groiwth of permanent teeth. Child proofing your house is important for keeping teeth safe!
Henry started crying a lot at about 6 months. At first I was worried something was wrong. When I realized it was his teeth coming in, a cold teething ring was all he needed to make us both feel better.
Sarah, Seattle, Wa