How you handle your children’s dental care in their formative years will go a long way in determining their oral health in the future. Below are common questions that parents find themselves asking about their child’s dental care; some of them may apply to your child now or in the future:
- When do children start growing teeth?
- How to alleviate teething pain in children?
- At what age can I start taking my kid to the dentist?
- Will finger sucking affect my child’s dentition in the future?
The twin central incisors in the lower jaw usually erupt first, at about 6 months. Within the next 24 months, the rest appear in no particular order. A 3-year-old child should have all their primary teeth.
Children feel some discomfort when their teeth start erupting. You can alleviate this pain with frozen teething rings or teething biscuits. You should also talk to your pediatric dentist about teething medication.
You can start taking your kids to the dentist about 6 months after the appearance of their first pair of teeth.
If your child is 2 years or older, prolonged finger sucking should be discouraged. It may lead to crowded/crooked teeth and a misaligned bite. These may lead to more serious conditions in the future.
By taking your kid to the dentist from a young age, you get in front of any oral conditions your child has before they worsen. Also, as they grow older, your kids learn to prioritize dental care.
Village Park Family Dentistry is the leading dental clinic in Cypress and we provide top-class care to children of all ages. Call 281-376-4444 now to set up an appointment.