The teething process
The timing of teething is different between every child. One baby might start teething at 4 months, while another may not start until they are 12 months old. Most children will have all their primary or “milk” teeth by the time they are 3 years old.,
Every baby is different, but here’s a rough order of how baby teeth emerge. ,
Tips for protecting your child’s teeth
Caring for your baby’s teeth is important. Healthy teeth allow babies to chew food and speak properly, and they also help to ensure their future adult teeth have plenty of room to grow.
Here are some ways you can help take care of your baby’s teeth and develop good oral hygiene habits:
Clean your baby’s teeth
From birth, you can start cleaning your baby’s gums by wiping with a soft wet cloth. As soon as they get their first tooth, start brushing twice a day with a small, soft toothbrush and plain water. One brushing should be at night before your baby goes to bed. You can start adding a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste that’s suitable for children from 18 months.
Visit the dentist
Take your child to their first dental visit at 12 months. Ensure they continue to have regular dental check-ups as they get older.
Don’t allow your baby to fall asleep with a bottle
Going to sleep with a bottle of milk, formula, juice, or other sweetened drink can cause tooth decay. A pacifier or dummy is a better option if they want to suck on something to settle themselves.