Your Child’s Developing Smile

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Has your little one begun teething? If so, don’t be stressed, this is a perfectly natural time and you can help your child navigate this time to ensure a healthy smile. Dr. Tatyana Kolodner and our dental team are excited to share with you some ins and outs about the teething process as well as oral hygiene practices today.

First tooth: When your child enters the teething phase, the first baby tooth will normally emerge when your child is around six months old. The first tooth is usually the middle front tooth on the lower jaw. The rest of their smile will grow gradually develop over time. Once your child is about three years old, they should have a full set of teeth.

Oral hygiene: Once your child’s first tooth emerges, you will need to care for their little chomper as soon as they pop out of the gums. It’s best to do so by brushing them twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. Flossing won’t be necessary until your child has two teeth next to each other. At this point, it’s best to floss between those teeth regularly. To keep your child’s little teeth healthy and strong, make sure they are receiving enough fluoride.

First dental visit: Bringing your child to their first dental visit is another milestone when you bring them into our Dr. Kolodner Dental Group Inc. team. When should this happen? The American Dental Association recommends taking your child in to see the dentist six months after their first tooth has erupted, or around their first birthday.

Your child’s developing smile doesn’t have to be stressful. While teething itself isn’t fun for your little one, you can reach out to our team to find out more about helping them navigate the teething process more peacefully. Feel free to call our office at 818-761-9526 and ask our dental team for tips. We are always happy to help you and your family, even if it’s just by answering your questions!