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To help you know a little more about your child’s smile, our Smiley Dental Forest Lane team have provided the following baby teeth facts that will help you give your child the beautiful and healthy smile they deserve:

Fact No. 1: Your child’s baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, are just as important as permanent teeth. They can help your child speak and chew and they can also help the adult teeth grow into place. Without the baby teeth, the permanent teeth would grow into the smile in a crooked and improper manner.

Fact No. 2: All 20 of your child’s teeth are present at birth, but they are hidden under the gums. Typically, the first baby tooth, which is generally the central incisor on the lower jaw, appears when your child is around six months of age. Your child should have a full smile by the time they are three years old.

Fact No. 3: When your baby is teething, it’s best to gently rub your child’s gums with a clean finger or a small, cool spoon. You can also try to soothe your child by giving them a teething ring or by placing a wet washcloth over the gums.

Fact No. 4: Start an oral hygiene routine as soon as possible, even if your child doesn’t have any teeth. You can clean your child’s gums after each meal by wiping them with a washcloth. Once your child’s first tooth grows into place, brush it twice a day with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.

For more information about baby teeth or about pediatric dental care in Dallas, Texas, please feel free to call 972.484.5400 at your earliest convenience and talk to your dentist or a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the information you need to succeed!