A child’s first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her first birthday. In simply terms – First birthday, First teeth, First dental visit. The most important part of the visit is to give a complete anticipatory guidance to parents about oral health care and disease prevention. It includes about teething, tooth eruption, feeding and dietary pattern, oral hygiene instructions and first aid management. It is also important to know and get familiar about the pediatric dentist and the dental office. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. If possible, the child is allowed to sit in a parent’s lap for an oral examination
A child’s teeth start forming before birth. By age 1 year the primary or “baby” teeth push through the gums and erupt into the oral cavity. The lower front teeth erupts first, follow by the upper front teeth. A total of 20 primary teeth erupt by age 3, but the place and order varies. Most parents would be concerned about spacing in between each baby tooth; this is normal as it gives room for wide and large permanent tooth at later stage. Children with non-spaced primary teeth are more prone to have crooked adult teeth due to lack of space. Permanent teeth begin eruption around age 6, starting with the first molars that erupt behind the last baby tooth. From age 6 years till 12 years the child undergoes a transition phase where the primary teeth shed and gets replaced by an adult teeth. Adults have 32 permanent teeth including the third molars (wisdom teeth) that erupt after age 18.
Normally the first tooth erupts by age 1 year. The lower front tooth usually comes out first. The sequence and time of tooth eruption can vary. We can wait and watch for the first tooth to come until 15 months. Gums are sore, tender and sometimes irritable as tooth erupts. Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon or wet cloth helps soothe the gums. Teething rings, soft toys work well too. Drooling of saliva, swollen gums, irritability, rise in temperature and lack of sleep can be associated with teething. While your baby is teething, it is important to monitor the teeth for signs of nursing bottle decay. If you need further assistance to explain about teething, Please ask. We are here to help answer those questions.