baby's dental health questions

When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

You can begin brushing as soon as the baby has a tooth. In the beginning, you can just use a moistened washcloth or piece of gauze. Once your baby has several teeth, you can use a small soft bristled brush designed for babies.


When should my child see a dentist for the first time?

The American Dental Association recommends children see a dentist before their first birthday. For children under age 3, these early dental visits usually will involve an exam and oral health instructions for the parents.


Is it OK to put my baby to bed with a bottle?

Please do not put your baby to bed with a bottle. This is one of the most important pieces of dental health information that parents need to know. Allowing a baby to have a bottle in bed can lead to an increased chance of ear infections, the possibility of aspiration/choking and Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. If you perform a quick image search for baby bottle tooth decay, the image results will show just how devastating this can be.


When will my baby’s first tooth erupt?

The average age for the first tooth to erupt is six months, but as with all things in child development, the actual age when this will happen can vary significantly.


Does teething hurt?

Some pediatricians and pediatric dentists believe that babies do not feel teething. It is certainly true that each baby’s experience with teething will be different, but most parents agree that their babies go through some sort of changes in behavior around the time of teething. While you can’t blame every fuss or sleepless night on teething, it is likely that many babies experience some discomfort with the eruption of a tooth. Older children can describe the discomfort that sometimes occurs when their molars are erupting. Personally, all three of my children spiked a fever with each new baby tooth that erupted. Maybe this is why most people dislike the dentist from such an early age.