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When will my baby get his or her first teeth?

Babies get their first teeth at different ages. However, the majority of babies get their first teeth when they're between 4 and 7 months of age.

When should my baby have his or her first dental appointment?

Your baby's first dental appointment should occur when the first teeth come in, or when your baby is 1 year of age, whichever comes first. Once your baby's first tooth has grown, make an appointment to see the dentist.

What tools should I use to clean my baby's teeth?

Use an infant toothbrush with soft bristles to clean your child's first teeth. Smear the tooth brush with a small amount of unfluoridated infant toothpaste, or speak with your child's dentist about using fluoridated toothpaste if your water is not fluoridated.

How often should my child see the dentist?

Your child should see the dentist every 6 months, or more often if he or she is instructed by the dentist.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Children are protected from X-rays with a special lead apron, and the amount of radiation is very low. Dental X-rays have been deemed to be safe by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

What are the advantages to taking my child to see a pediatric dentist?

Although general dentists can see children as well as pediatric dentists, there can be advantages to taking your child to see a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists usually have a lot of experience working with children. This means that many pediatric dentists know how to keep a child comfortable and happy during their dental appointment, which can make the experience of seeing the dentist better for your child.

What are the best foods for my child's teeth?

Crunchy vegetables stimulate the production of saliva, which can help clean your child's teeth during and after the meal. The best diet for your child's teeth will consist of a balance of raw vegetables, meat, eggs, bread and grains.

When should my child start flossing?

Your child can start flossing when he or she is as young as 2 1/2 years old. Of course, at that point you'll have to do the flossing. By the time your child reaches approximately 5 years old, he or she should be able to floss independently.

Is it bad for my child's teeth if my child engages in thumb sucking or pacifier sucking activities?

Many young children suck their thumb or pacifier. You should only have concern if your child still sucks on his or her thumb or pacifier beyond the age of three. If your child is four years old and still sucks on his or her thumb or pacifier, bring it up with your child's dentist the next time there is an appointment.

How often should my child brush his or her teeth?

Brush your baby's teeth twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening.