Teething usually occurs between the ages of 6 months and 3 years and some babies/infants may feel discomfort as new teeth emerge. Children usually have their full set of 20 primary teeth (milk teeth, baby teeth or deciduous teeth) by the age of 3 years.
Possible signs of teething include:
- restlessness during the day and sleeplessness at night
- increased dribbling
- rise in temperature
- red and swollen gums which feel hard and pointed when pressed
- rubbing gums together in a grinding motion
- being fussy or choosy with food
- placing objects or fingers in mouth.
Please remember - Seek medical or oral health advice if symptoms continue. Signs of illness should not be automatically assumed to be the result of teething. See your health professional if your baby or toddler has a temperature or diarrhoea.
Baby Teeth Eruption Sequence
Start as soon as the first tooth appears. Wipe the front and back of each tooth twice a day (or after each feed), using a finger wrapped in a clean damp face washer or gauze.
- Introduce a soft children’s toothbrush at 12 months (earlier if tolerated by the infant).
- Only use water to brush your infant's teeth in the morning and before bed, until 18 months of age.
- Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste from 18 months to 6 years of age.
- Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing, do not rinse.
Sucking on thumbs and fingers is a natural behaviour in babies and young children. Most children grow out of finger sucking between 2 and 4 years of age. The effects of finger and thumb sucking are usually reversible up until the age of 6 or 7 because children still have their primary teeth (baby teeth).
If your child continues to thumb or finger suck beyond the age of 6 or seven, it may start to cause dental problems.
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