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Here’s a head-scratcher: if baby teeth fall out anyway, does it matter what we allow our children to do to them? And because they fall out, do they really change a child’s overall oral health? The answers are less intuitive than you might believe. Find out a tiny bit about baby teeth, a condition defined as baby bottle tooth decay and what you can expect from your child’s developing teeth below.

Baby teeth usually begin to erupt at around three to nine months. This stage, called teething, can be very uncomfortable for the baby, and they’ll probably let you know. If you sense an increase in fussiness or irritability in your child at around three months, they’re probably starting to teethe. Further signs include a loss of appetite and drooling.

Pacifiers, which are aptly named, can be put to work to help your child teeth extra comfortably. However, don’t make the blunder of licking the pacifier or dipping it in a sugary food before giving it to the baby: doing so may end up developing baby bottle tooth decay, a sickness characterized by cavities and oral erosion in children younger than 6.

To help your child stay as happy as possible while also preserving their dental health, wipe their teeth and gums with a dental gauze after they feed. This will help to prevent the onset of baby bottle tooth decay and keep their teeth and gums cleaner. Additionally, you should take your child to our office for a professional examination before their first birthday.

For a visit in Anchorage, Alaska, contact Dr. Kyle M. Triggs and the Alaska Dental Associates team at 907-562-2284 now.