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Baby Teeth

The facts:  As a rule, teeth in the lower jaw arrive ahead of teeth in the upper jaw. Girls often get those first teeth - and also lose their baby teeth - earlier than boys. The first tooth will start to appear in most babies at 6 to 7 months of...

Brushing and flossing

Oral cleansing may begin even before your baby's teeth start to erupt. Wipe the gums with a clean piece of gauze after each bottle or breast feeding. This not only cleans the mouth, but it accustoms your baby to oral cleaning procedures at an early age. The change from...

Regular dental visits for children

Although most children have all their baby teeth by age 21/2, the first dental visit should be planned within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or one year of age at the latest. From the age of 3, the best program for your child is twice-yearly dental...

Ask Dr. Marla: Caring For Your Baby’s Teeth

Question: How should I care for my baby’s teeth? Answer: You have asked a really important question. Teeth should be cleaned as soon as they begin to show in the mouth. The age of eruption is quite variable and differs from child to child. I asked my colleague, Dr. Mindy Cash-Golosky at...

Tooth and Consequences

TOOTH TRUTHS • Teething can begin as early as three months, but usually occurs between the ages of six to seven months. Some babies won’t get their teeth until close to their first birthday. • The lower central incisors usually appear first and are often followed by the upper central incisors...

Your Child’s Teeth: Development & Care

A child will ultimately have 20 baby (primary) teeth and, as an adult, 32 permanent teeth divided equally between the upper and lower jaws. In each jaw the baby teeth comprise four incisor teeth at the front, and on each side a single eye tooth followed by two molar...

How To Protect Your Baby’s Oral Health

How To Protect Your Baby's Oral Health A thorough check-up of your baby's overall physical health is a central part of pediatric and family medicine. Make sure that the health of your child's teeth are part of the examination. Recent Guidelines A dentist should check your baby's teeth and mouth (oral health) within...

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