Welcoming a baby is the most exciting part of most parents’ lives, and when the new baby gets their first tooth, it’s often the most celebrated milestone for their growth and development.
If you’ve recently welcomed a little one to your family, you need to know a few three interesting facts about baby teeth.
Unlike adults, who develop a complete set of 32 teeth, babies develop only 20 teeth. While tooth development starts during the fetal stage, your baby’s first tooth doesn’t appear until the age of six months, and the process of tooth eruption continues till the third birthday marking the completion of the first 20 baby teeth.
Ever wondered why babies turn into irritable little monsters who don’t sleep at night and are cranky all the time right before a new tooth erupts?
That’s because teething causes pain and discomfort.
As your young one reaches the teething age, expect some drooling, swelling of the gums, irritability, and obsessive chewing.
And on days when you feel overwhelmed, remember that it’s a phase that, too, shall pass.
Like adult teeth, baby teeth also require some care and love. It’s critical that you start dental hygiene practices like cleaning your baby’s mouth even before the first tooth erupts, as it makes the baby comfortable with the idea of oral hygiene.
And once the baby learns to spit, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to clean your little one’s teeth and gums.
While taking care of your baby’s teeth at home is critical, it’s equally important to schedule regular dental checkups as your child reaches the age of 2.