An important part of development for a baby is the process of teething. This is often a memorable moment although usually filled with some apprehension. Today we discuss all you need to know about your baby’s teeth.
The first set of teeth a child has is often referred to as “milk” teeth; this is believed to have started for different reasons; one being that baby’s teeth only develop after mother’s milk had washed over the gums. Another reason is its appearance which is milky in colour. It is also referred to as temporary, primary or deciduous since they fall out.
The first tooth your baby develops usually occurs at about three months of age, this continues for up to two or three years for the complete set of 20 to be formed. During the process of teething, your baby will show some signs such as increased drooling, gum discomfort or soreness. These signs may be responsible for your baby refusing to eat. Also, during this period your baby tends to rub their cheeks constantly or puts their fist in the mouth to rub on the gum.
Teething has been believed for centuries to cause certain symptoms such as;
- difficulty sleeping,
- vomiting and
- congestion amongst other things.
These beliefs were largely held due to ignorance as in times before teething was actually held to be responsible for many ailments. These beliefs still persist till today but medicine has proved that there is no evidence linking teething to any of these symptoms. Teething, however, causes some discomfort or itchy gums but this largely depends on the child’s sensitivity to pain.
Your baby’s primary teeth begin to fall out when the child is about six or seven years old usually starting with the first tooth formed, the last usually fall out by the age of twelve or thirteen. If by the age of thirteen your child’s primary teeth have not completely fallen out visit your dentist as this might indicate congenital missing teeth or some damage to pathways.
There are no fast and hard rules to brushing your baby’s teeth but it is recommended that in the bid to form a habit, you start to clean your baby’s gum before any teeth appear. Flossing can start when gaps do not exist between your child’s teeth.