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A Parent’s Guide to Baby’s Teeth

Birth to 2 years


Here are some dental tips to ensure that your baby’s teeth erupt in a healthy way.


Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Early Caries)


Bottle tooth decay develops when baby teeth come into frequent contact with too much sugar. When a child falls asleep with a bottle, uses a bottle or sippy cup for long periods of time, sugar can coat the child’s teeth. This causes the child’s teeth to decay more quickly leading to pain and infection resulting in tooth loss.


From Birth to 6 Months


  • Use a damp washcloth to wipe bacteria off of your child’s gums at least once a day or after each feeding


Between 6 to 12 Months


  • Schedule your first dental appointment at Small World Dental

  • Eruption of the first tooth will usually occur between 6 and 12 months

  • Teething causes irritability it can be eased with cold water and a teething toy

  • Prevent your child from falling asleep with a bottle or sippy cup

  • Begin brushing teeth after each feeding and floss before bedtime


Between 12 to 24 Months


  • Most primary teeth have erupted

  • Start using pea-sized portions of toothpaste with fluoride

  • Continue regular dental visits every 6 months

  • Watch out! Kids are active and dental injuries may occur

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