Helping Your Baby during Teeth Process
Parents are now more concerned about dental health of their children thanks to increase in general awareness. It starts with the teething process which is difficult not only for the babies but also for their parents. Here, many parents wonder what to do. This is where baby teething charts come in. These charts provide proper guidance regarding what needs to be done at a particular stage of teething.
Although these charts are good at providing general idea about what needs to be done, they are not quite accurate. This lack in accuracy can sometimes be problematic because you just cannot deal with the dental health of your baby in a careless manner. The reason is that each baby is different from others. Hence, the schedule of teething may also differ.
Eruption of baby teeth
Generally, babies start getting their primary teeth erupted at the age of 6 months. However, the teeth can erupt earlier or later than 6 months after birth. Any of these situations are not worrisome because it is a natural process. Still, it would not be quite comfortable for parents to have a baby who cries a lot due to pain involved in teething. This is the reason they turn to teething chart which tells what to do in a particular situation.
In the next few years, your baby is going to have 20 percent of teeth erupted in the mouth. These are first sets of teeth, and these are also referred to as primary or baby teeth. Children typically start getting first tooth erupted at the age of 6 months and they get full set of primary teeth at the age of 3 years.
While looking at the teething chart, you will be able to see that baby should have four front teeth occurring in the upper and lower arches (it makes 8 teeth in total). Then there are four canines, four molar and four second molars which appear with the passage of time.
Early oral hygiene habits
Besides taking your children to the dental visits, it is pretty much important to teach your children about oral hygiene. In the start, you can tell them how to brush their teeth. At an age when they are not aware about spitting out toothpaste, you can teach them about brushing teeth without toothpaste. Then you can start with the toothpaste by applying paste of the size of a rice grain. Then you can increase the amount with the passage of time. At the age of six, you can teach them about flossing. However, it would be unwise to ask them to do the flossing without your help.