Facts About Baby Teeth
Posted by Dr. Bray on Mar 21 2022, 07:58 AM
Many parents find their baby's first teeth to be an event of joy for the whole family. However, as the years go on and more teeth start to emerge as the baby teeth begin to fall, some should be eventually pulled out for newer teeth to grow.
What Are Baby Teeth?
Baby teeth or milk teeth are typically formed before birth while the child is in the mother's womb. Yes, during the time of its delivery, a baby has a complete set of 20 teeth. And by the four to six months after birth, they gradually come out of the gums.
Yes, they look adorable and cute, but there is something more to them than that.
Some Fun Facts About Baby Teeth
- A baby's full set of 20 teeth forms entirely within three years.
- During the six months after the birth, the first tooth can push out.
- These tiny milk teeth initially provide spacing for adult teeth and act as a location guide when permanent teeth come in.
- Milk teeth or baby teeth help the baby with speech as they initially learn to talk.
- It's pretty common for babies to get tooth decay. This is called baby bottle tooth decay, which is caused mainly by being exposed to various liquid foods containing sugar.
- Children lose their incisors initially at the age of 6 to 8. And from age 9 to 13, they lose molars and canines.
- It's ideal for parents to clean the toddler's teeth with a soft, moist cloth or cotton gauze to rub the gum.
- Since babies are breastfed for the first six months, children are more likely to get crooked teeth.
- Even though many parents are not aware of baby teething, it's quite normal. During this phase, the child tends to be more fussy, irritable, has less to no appetite, drools, and often has trouble falling asleep. These are minor signs, but it's advised to visit a pediatrician if the baby has a fever, rash, or diarrhea.
- For toddlers, having milk teeth is rather helpful as they can chew in tiny bits, which have a significant effect on digestion.
- You can take your baby for their first dental visit right before the tooth starts to show.
If you are a mom of a newborn and have questions, visit us at Bray Family Dental at 7138 Highland Dr #219, Salt Lake City, UT 84121. You can book your baby's first appointment with us at (801) 943-9090.