Although a precise predictive schedule of the time teeth emerge and fall out would be improbable with most children, eruption of teeth usually occurs according to a pattern, in a certain order: lower central incisors, than upper central incisors, followed by lateral incisors, canines (cuspids) and deciduous molars. All 20 baby teeth are already there by the time a baby is born, yet they erupt later, usually around the age of 6 months. In rare cases, a baby is born with a visible tooth that is no reason to be concerned: the tooth must be properly cleaned and watched over. Deciduous teeth will later be replaced with permanent teeth.
Eruption of baby teeth is usually unpleasant: it comes with excessive amounts of saliva, pain, irritability, insomnia, and sometimes with rashes, fever and diarrhea. It would be good to ask for professional advice with these symptoms, as they can be misleading. You have to make sure these signs are connected to the eruption of teeth and do not indicate an infection. Besides, your doctor can tell you more about the available pain solutions and give you further advice regarding baby oral hygiene.
You can choose from the handiest and most simple solutions to deal with pain related to teeth eruption: food temperature control, teething toys, and children’s tooth gel with a calming formula. Your dentist can help you choose and apply the best method for your baby.
During the eruption of baby teeth there are specific hygiene solutions. Until one year of age, browsing is not necessary, but you can clean the baby’s mouth with a napkin after each meal. There are special, extremely soft toothbrushes, designed for gum massage in new born babies, but these ought to be used with water only. Even after a year and a half, when the little one can learn how to brush, flour toothpaste should be avoided, as the toddler might swallow. If flour supplements are really necessary, your dentist or pediatrician will inform you: you must not give such supplements to your child unless instructed so by a specialist. It is good to know that there are certain behaviors related to feeding which ought to be corrected in order to avoid complications: the wise thing to do is ask your dentist to evaluate the accuracy of your baby’s oral hygiene.
When your baby comes to 12 months of age you have to take him or her to a dental office for a routine check-up. Your dentist will then check on the eruption of baby teeth. Certain delays are problematic and require further investigation. Also, if your baby’s teeth happen to have cracks due to trauma, cavities or other specific problems related to deciduous teeth, your dentist can help.
Eruption of Permanent Teeth
Replacement of baby teeth by eruption of permanent teeth usually goes on flawlessly and there’s not much for the dentist to do, yet, this process must be closely watched. Dental expertise must be required to avoid or solve any orthodontic problems that may occur: these are always more difficult to deal with later on.
Sometimes it is better to extract baby teeth before they fall naturally if they are a threat for the permanent teeth (they can sometimes cause included teeth and dental malposition).