Baby teeth first appear between three and twelve months and by three years your
child will have twenty baby teeth. Cutting of baby teeth can be a miserable
time for you and your baby. Some babies’ gums swell or their cheeks seem fuller
and flushed. To help ease the pain of baby teeth cutting through you can give
your baby something to chew on like a cold teether, teething biscuits, or cold
food such as frozen bananas.
If your baby has already cut her first baby teeth you will need to take care
that she doesn’t puncture her teether or choke on pieces of cold food. You can
also gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger to provide some relief. or
give her a bottle or feeding cup with cool boiled water.
Taking Care of Baby Teeth
As soon as your baby cuts her first baby tooth, it is important to
get into a good routine of caring for them. Using a small headed soft brush
designed for babies and a natural tooth gel,
gently brush her baby teeth using small circular movements twice a day. It is
very important to brush gently because more baby teeth may be on their way and
your baby’s gums maybe tender.
It is good to get an early start on caring for your baby’s baby teeth so your
child gets used to having her teeth brushed regularly. Around eighteen months
you can try letting your baby brush her baby teeth herself, but she will need
supervising for a few years.