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To help you know more about baby teeth, our DM Family Dentistry team is thrilled to provide the answers to the following questions:

When do baby teeth come in?
The first baby tooth generally grows into place when the baby is between 6 months and 1 year old. Teething will most likely be a bit difficult for your baby, so do your best to comfort them as much as possible. You can try gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger or letting them suck on a cool spoon to help relieve the pain. Your child should have a full mouth of teeth by the time they are 3 years old.

Why do baby teeth matter?
Baby teeth are vital because they give your child the ability to chew and talk. Baby teeth also guide the permanent teeth into place by occupying the space until the permanent teeth are ready to move in. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely, other teeth might move into that designated spot and cause major crowding and misalignments in the smile.

When should I start taking my child to the dentist?
The American Dental Association strongly suggests that you bring your child in for their first visit 6 months after their first tooth has grown in and no later than your child’s first birthday. This appointment will help your child become familiar with our office, will let your dentist check for tooth decay, and will allow you the chance to ask and learn about oral hygiene.

Baby teeth are extremely important, so Dr. Doris Madrigal and our caring dental team ask that you do everything you can to take care of your child’s smile. We recommend doing so by brushing their teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. We also recommend flossing your child’s smile once two of their teeth grow in next to each other.

If you have any questions, please remember that you can always call 773.252.5757 and talk to our friendly team. We are happy to help you!