Teeth cleaning is thought to be one of the first human rituals. Even though infants don’t have teeth, their teeth begin to show at around 6 months of age. In the early years of their lives the majority of their 20 teeth from birth will be pushing through the gums and by the age of 3 most children will have their entire collection of teeth. When a child is approximately 6 months old, four front teeth usually press through the gums, although some children will only get their first tooth at 12-14 months of age.
As their teeth begin show, some infants become unhappy, picky, and sleepy. They also drool more frequently, or lose appetite. While babies are teething they don’t usually experience diarrhea, fever, or eruptions. Therefore, if you notice any of these symptoms, and they continue to be uncomfortable and irritable, talk to your doctor.
First Visit to the Dentist
The moment the first tooth appears for your child you should schedule a visit to the dentist. According to ADA The first visit to the dentist is required within 6 months of that first appearance and not following one year of age. Do not delay the appointment until the moment they are due to begin school or if there’s any issue.
Learn to make your child at ease with good dental habits. Most of the time, in the first appointment, the dentist will only look at your child’s mouth to assess the growth of teeth and also making your child feel at ease. To make your dental visit more pleasant:
- Set up a daytime schedule to ensure that the children are refreshed and are co-operative.
- Be sure to keep your worries within your own mind. Children can easily detect your feelings, therefore put importance on the positive aspects of your life.
- Do not use a visit to the dentist to reprimand or threaten your child.
- Never use a dental visit as a bribe.
- Discuss with your child positively about visiting the dentist.
During your visit to the dentist Expect the dentist to:
- Check for oral issues or decay;
- Examine if there are any potential dangers of tooth decay forming;
- Make sure your teeth are clean and provide some tips on how to maintain your teeth;
- Talk about teething, with an e-pacifier or thumb-sucking;
- Talk about the treatment you need and set up the next appointment.