Every new experience feels like a milestone when you have a child. Your child’s teeth are no exception. Children losing their first tooth or seeing their first baby tooth are all milestones that you can expect in the first few years of their life.
There are more than just those milestones to look forward to though. Keep reading to find out!
A child has 20 baby teeth. This means that there will be 20 teeth that need to fall out and 20 more teeth that need to come in. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you bring your child to the dentist for the first time around their first birthday. Although the exact time may differ for each child, this is the average time frame. On that first visit, your dentist will clean the baby teeth effectively and get your child started on a life of healthy oral hygiene.
When your child reaches the age of two, many teeth will be erupting. This means that it is important to have a regular daily brushing routine set in place. Make sure that you have a soft-bristled toothbrush as well as some toothpaste for your child to put on the brush. It is important to establish healthy habits at a young age so that they continue for the rest of your child’s life.
Around the ages of 3-4, your child will want to begin flossing his or her teeth OR whenever teeth are touching their neighboring tooth on either side. Just like brushing, the earlier they begin to include flossing as a part of the daily routine the better. Practicing healthy oral care from a young age will help your child fight off cavities.
If you have any questions regarding your child’s milestones, please do not hesitate to contact us at . We specialize in pediatric dentistry, and our trusted, qualified staff would love to be there for your child every step of the way.