If you’ve just recently had a baby, have one on the way, or are thinking about having one there’s quite a bit of information you need to know about their dental health. Making sure that they have happy and healthy baby teeth now will help ensure that they have straight and healthy adult teeth as well. What do you need to know about baby teeth? What steps do you need to take to protect their oral health? Here are 5 facts about your baby’s teeth to help you out.

Fact 1: Your Baby Is Born With 20 Teeth

These teeth are below the gums and usually begin to erupt somewhere between 6 months to a year. Most children have their full set of teeth by 3 years old.

Fact 2: Teething Can Make Your Baby Fussy

As your baby’s teeth come in, it’s normal for them to be irritable, sleepless, and fussy. They can also begin to lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Symptoms that are not normal are rashes, fever, and diarrhea. If you notice these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

Fact 3: Your Baby Doesn’t Need Too Much Toothpaste

If your child is 3 years or younger, brush their teeth twice a day using only a smear of toothpaste that’s equal to the size of a grain of rice.

Fact 4: Your Baby Should Visit The Dentist As Soon As Their First Tooth Erupts

Why so soon? As soon as their teeth erupt, they are susceptible to cavities. If they haven’t erupted any teeth before their first birthday, take them to the dentist.

Fact 5: Sharing Your Spit Can Give Your Baby Cavities

Don’t share utensils or clean their pacifier with your spit.

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