Growing the first tooth is one of the most excited and important milestones in an infant’s life – but for parents, the teething process can often be a bit of a mystery. We know that there’s a lot to keep track of, so for this blog, we’ve put together some helpful info and tips on what to expect as your child’s teeth develop.
Most babies will get their first tooth between 4 to 7 months, although it’s normal for the first tooth to appear anywhere between 3 months and over a year old. Teeth will continue to pop up one at a time over the coming months, and while it’s an exciting time, it can also be uncomfortable for the child – so we recommend getting your baby a teething ring. You can also soothe the pain by rubbing a finger over gums, feeding them cold food like applesauce, or giving them a cold washcloth to chew on. Be sure to avoid teething biscuits, though, as the sugar in these can damage the infant’s teeth. By age 3, your child should have a full set of 20 baby teeth.
Your child’s teeth will start to fall out around age 5 or 6, and thankfully this process is far less painful than an eruption. Your child will continue to lose teeth and have new permanent teeth come in periodically over the coming years, with the final baby teeth falling out by age 12 or 13. It’s critical to maintain excellent oral hygiene during this period – be extra conscientious about daily brushing and flossing, and make sure your child comes in for a visit every 6 months.
Have more questions about how to take care of your child’s teeth? We’re always happy to help. Feel free to reach out to us at our Westside or Eastside office, or schedule an appointment at either of our El Paso offices using our easy online form. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and info on keeping you and your child’s teeth healthy and strong!