Your child’s dental health is an important part of their development, especially their first dental milestones. As a parent you keep track of your babies first words, first laugh, first smile and first tooth, but what about their first dentist appointment? Your child’s dental care starts at birth and developing a strong oral health routine will set your child up for a healthy mouth for life. When you focus on your child’s dental health from birth, you help prevent tooth decay and cavities as they age.

Stroud Dental takes pride in being a child-friendly dental office where kids feel comfortable and at ease. We know how important your child’s dental health is and will be there every step of the way to ensure their mouth stays healthy. Keep reading to find out all the significant markers that are essential for your child’s dental health progression.

When will my Child Start Teething & Get Their First Tooth?

Teething is a crucial stage in your child’s dental health development, both for language skills and the ability to eat and grow. However, teething won’t be fun for you or your baby. Teething is the process of new teeth erupting in the mouth. Symptoms of teething include excessive drooling, chewing or gnawing, red or swollen gums, crankiness and lack of sleep. To ease symptoms of teething, a cool, clean washcloth or cool teething ring as cold temperatures may soothe pain and irritation.

Most babies begin to teethe around 4-7 months, but depending on your child, symptoms could begin earlier or later. Babies can experience teething symptoms as young as 2 months old or as old as 12 months. Don’t worry if you baby is teething early or late as this isn’t something to worry about. Usually, babies get their first tooth around 6-8 months and although rare, one baby in every 2,500-3,000 is born with a tooth or two. If your baby has not had their first tooth come in by 18 months, consult with your child’s doctor.

When Should my Child Start Seeing a Dentist?

After you child’s first tooth comes in, you should book their first dental exam within 6 months or before their first birthday. The dentist will evaluate your child’s dental health and overall health, oral hygiene and their risk of tooth decay. You should regularly check your child’s gums from birth to ensure there are no signs of dental decay (cavities), and if you see white or brown spots, make a dental appointment immediately. 

Your dentist will talk with you about caring for baby teeth and if you don’t have fluoride in your water, talk to them about fluoride supplements. After your child’s first dentist appointment, it is suggested that you return every six months for a check-up. Some dentists will schedule more frequent visits at first, such as every 3 months depending on the situation. If you want to make sure your child is comfortable and unafraid of the dentist, consider the Stroud Dental team for your child’s dental health appointments.

When will my Child’s Baby Teeth Emerge & Fall out?

Although each of your child’s teeth will come in and fall out at different times, they should have all 20 baby or primary teeth by age three. The first teeth to come in will be the bottom, front teeth or central incisors, at around 7 to 12 months and the front, upper teeth at 6 to 10 months. These front teeth will fall out between 6 and 7 years of age. 

Next to come in will be the lateral incisor from 10 to 16 months and these will fall out between 7 and 8 years old. The first molars will come in around 13 to 19 months and fall out between 9 to 11 years old. Every child is different though, and often girls will receive and lose their teeth earlier than boys as they tend to develop more quickly.

When Should my Child Start Eating Solid Foods?

Before your child starts eating solid foods, the should be transitioning to drinking from a cup. Most children can drink from a cup at 12 to 14 months old. You should begin to wean your child off the bottle as they start eating more solid foods and drinks. Children can usually begin eating solid foods along with formula or breast-feeding at 4 months at the earliest to 6 months. Between 8 and 9 months, your child should be ready to eat solid foods. Make sure to introduce healthy habits from the start by limiting excess sugars that can cause tooth decay to ensure your child’s dental health is maintained over time.

When Should I Start Brushing my Child’s Teeth?

You should start your child’s dental health routine at birth by cleaning their gums after feedings with a soft, clean washcloth or soft brush and water. Once your child gets their first tooth, be sure to brush with a soft bristled brush and no toothpaste. You can also massage the gum tissues with a clean finger or damp gauze pad to help with teething. Flossing should be introduced into your child’s oral care routine as soon as they have two teeth that touch.

When Should I Introduce Toothpaste to my Child’s Oral Routine?

At age 2, you should begin brushing your child’s teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste. Make sure to observe the child and ensure they do not swallow any toothpaste. You should also supervise your child’s brushing until the age of six or seven. Children will need help brushing their teeth until they gain the hand coordination to do so themselves.

Need More Information?

If you still have questions about your child’s dental health, contact Stroud Dental anytime to discuss your child’s dental care. If you would like to book an appointment with our team, visit our website or contact us at 705-436-6527 or by email at [email protected]. You can also follow us on Instagram and like us on FaceBook for more great dental care tips!