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Sometimes children’s oral health can be a bit tricky and confusing, especially when you’re not exactly sure how to care for their smile as a parent. However, you are not alone. Many people don’t know how to take care of their child’s baby teeth and gums, but with our Mountainside Family Dental team’s help, you will have all of the success you need. To help you understand your child’s oral health a bit better, your dentist in Phoenix, Arizona, is happy to provide the answers to the following questions:

When will my child’s teeth come in?
Your child’s first tooth will grow into place around six months of age. The first tooth to grow in is typically the central incisor on the lower jaw. By the time your child is three years old, they will have a smile full of baby teeth.

When should I take my child into the dentist?
The American Dental Association suggests that you bring your child in for their first dental checkup six months after their first tooth has erupted or by their first birthday. Our dentist will ensure that this appointment is easy and painless.

How can I help my child stop sucking their thumb?
We encourage you to help your child stop sucking their thumb by:

-Praising them when they keep from sucking
-Creating a plan or method of stopping
-Wrapping the thumb in a bandage or sock
-Comforting the child when needed

How do I care for my child’s teeth?
It’s best to care for your child’s teeth by brushing them twice a day with a soft-bristled, child-sized toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. It’s also best to begin flossing your child’s smile once two teeth have grown in next to each other.

If you have additional questions that were not included in this blog, please remember that you can always call our office at 480-359-1473 during our office hours and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the information you need to succeed!