Start of Teeth Growth
Your baby will not develop his teeth at the same rate as he develops his sight and hearing power. It’s a nicely paced, slow and steady process from the toothless smile to a fully developed set of shining white teeth and may take up to three years to conclude.
The development of a baby’s teeth starts from the womb where she grows fleshy tooth buds which house and will be supporting her milk teeth in the days to come. In a period of three to twelve months from birth, she will show signs of growth with the buds begin to part to make way for the milk teeth to come out. These are the prominent signs of good health and your baby will start taking solid foods by the time he is 6-8 months old. When she is three years old, she will have a mouthful of teeth which she can start brushing- with a little assistance though.
When Teeth Develop
A very small percentage (one in 2000) of babies are born with one or even two teeth! But usually, they will get their first tooth at an age of around 6 months when the cap(for the central incisor) starts to open up to expose the white tooth beneath. Some babies may start earlier at 3 months, while some may delay it till a year. Babies will develop their molars by the age of two and will have a fully developed set of twenty teeth by the time they are three years old.
A baby may not have a pleasant experience cutting his first teeth out of the tooth buds. It can be an annoyingly long process, thus you need have a patient attitude towards your child’s health. This can be painful for your child and excessive salivation is a common symptom before the tooth is to come out. Try to console your child when she is complaining for pain by diverting her mind to something she likes. Your baby may start biting due to pain as she doesn’t know what’s happening to here. Be at her side and try to massage her gums lightly and she will be comfortable. You can also try buying a teething ring for her to bite on. You can get one pretty cheap with a mothercare promotional code.
Your baby’s cheeks may swell up, but it actually signifies that her gums are being pressurized to leave for the new tooth and thus causing swelling of gums. Parents frequent doctors during these periods complaining that their baby is down with fever or is suffering from diarrhea. Studies suggest differently and don’t approve the fact that the baby’s problems are a virtue of tooth development. Chances are that your child is tormented due to common ailments such as cough and cold.
On the other hand lucky babies will not experience even the slightest of pain. A week ago they would have been toothless but now they will grin at you showing off their shiny white caps. You should acknowledge this fact with a homely celebration and take a note of this moment in a diary or a baby book.
The tooth appearance is a sequential phenomenon starting with the lower jaw’s center followed by the two rabbit incisors. Over a period of time they will develop the rest of their teeth. If your teeth development is fast then your child’s will be the same – it’s hereditary.
As she grows up
Her teeth (milk teeth) wouldn’t fall off until the child’s teeth are ready to come out which will be at the age of six.
Always try to be patient during the phase of your child’s teeth development. Comfort her and give her something to eat when she is feeling the pain. Use the teething ring if you have to and allow her to chew as it will hasten the process and reduce the ailing period. Eating food straight from the refrigerator will help in soothing pain and also just keep a check on the swelling of gums. You can use baby paracetamol (panadol) for keeping down the fever if she has any. If nothing is helping you then you should definitely see a doctor.
Once she has got teeth, you should take up the job of keeping them clean. Although, she wouldn’t like a brush in her mouth at this age but you should use a soft and wet cloth to wipe out her gums daily. Allot a fixed time for this exercise so she becomes habitual of getting this done every day. One thing that you should keep in mind is to never leave her to sleep with a bottle in her mouth. Constant exposure to baby powder milk or even breast milk can cause baby-bottle tooth decay.
If you reside in an area where the drinking water is not fluoridated then you should consult your doctor or a dentist and take his advise whether to give your baby fluoride drops or not. These drop help fight fluoride related cavities.
Your child must start using the brush when she is about 18 months old. You need to take care that she does it properly for the coming years to prevent tooth decay. It’s good to start early and make sure that she makes it a habit. Be a good teacher and tell her how to use the brush inside her mouth for effective cleaning every day. Give her a softly bristled brush and just make sure that all the small particles of food are cleaned up every time she brushes her teeth. Show her how to clean her gums using the back side of her brush.
It’s important that your child loves the taste of the toothpaste as it is an encouragement to use it every day. If she doesn’t like the one you just bought, change it. She will need toothpaste if she likes to have sugary foods frequently although their excess should be definitely avoided. Take care that she cleans up her teeth after coming home from a birthday party where she might have tasted a cake or a chocolate. If she has something neutralizing like some cheese then it would be great. When she is three years old then fix an appointment with the dentist to assure that she is developing a healthy set of teeth.
Potential Teething Problems
Some babies especially the premature ones may fall behind others in terms of teeth development. If you don’t see any signs of your child starting to get teeth then please consult a doctor. If your child is experiencing a lot of pain and may be crying excessively due to that, then you should report this immediately to the doctor. Drooling and swelling are natural but a baby shouldn’t feel any excruciating pain.