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Food for thought: if baby teeth fall out anyway, does it matter if we take care of them? And because they fall out, do they really change a child’s oral health? The answers are less intuitive than you might believe. Find out a tiny bit more about baby teeth, a condition defined as baby bottle tooth decay and what you can expect to see from your child’s advancing teeth below.

Baby teeth normally begin to erupt at around three to nine months. This stage, referred to as teething, can be very distressing for the baby, and they’ll most likely tell you about it. If you notice an increase in fussiness or irritability in your child starting at somewhere around three months, they’re most likely starting to teethe. Additional signs of teething include a loss of appetite and drooling.

Pacifiers, aptly named, can be put to work to help your child teeth more comfortably. However, don’t make the blunder of licking the pacifier or dipping it in a sugary material before giving it to the baby: doing so may leave them with baby bottle tooth decay, a condition characterized by cavities and oral break down in children less than 6.

To help your child remain comfortable while also sustaining their oral health, treat their teeth and gums with an oral gauze after they feed. This will help to prevent the advancement of baby bottle tooth decay and keep their teeth and gums cleaner. And of course, you should bring your child to our office for a cleaning before their first birthday.

For a visit in Lexington, Kentucky, call Dr. Dickson Ufomata and the Leestown Dental Center team at 859-232-8883 now.