You want the very best for your little one. When it comes to the health of their smile, you’re invested in finding the right pediatric dentist to provide the right level of care and create the excitement for a lifetime of healthy oral care. Alligator Dental of Seguin and San Marcos is here to create the most comfortable and comprehensive dental care possible for children of all ages.

If you are here because you have questions or concerns, keep reading for our infant oral care FAQs. Be sure to contact us online for assistance and to schedule your child’s appointment when you are ready!

 

Are baby teeth important?

Yes! This is one question we hear quite frequently from parents, with the logic being that they are temporary and serve no value in the grand scheme. Cavities are likely to form on the thinner structure of baby teeth if the proper care is not taken. Over time, the cavity will only worsen, leading to pain and a possible infection. Nobody wants this to happen!

We want to see your child’s healthy smile, and will provide a full range of instructions to ensure your family’s oral health thrives!

 


When will my child receive their first tooth?

While the age will vary from child to child, most parents can expect to see a tooth erupting through between six months and one year of age. Some babies do not see tooth growth until later on, while others have been known to have their porcelain present at birth!

Your baby will have all 20 of their teeth when they are born. Generally, the front two teeth along the bottom (central incisors) will come in first, followed by the top two. This pattern will continue up until roughly three years, with the secondary molars coming in last.

 


When will their baby teeth fall out?

Your child’s baby teeth (or primaries) will provide years of bright smiles, until those first incisors begin to come loose between the ages of six and seven. It can help to know that your child’s teeth will tend to fall out in the same order that they came in. If your child has baby teeth beyond this point, don’t worry! Children’s deciduous teeth take only 24 months or so to erupt, but the process of falling out can take up to five years!

 


How should I care for my baby’s teeth?

While it may not seem like a big deal, proper care of your little one’s new tooth will help to create a healthy environment for new teeth to come in. Keep in mind that baby teeth are nearly identical to permanent teeth, except that the structure for children is thinner and therefore more susceptible to cavity growth. To start, use a wet, clean cloth to gently wipe the teeth after meals and before bedtime. Once your child is older, you can switch to a baby toothbrush and water. You can also try AAP-approved baby toothpaste in sparing amounts.

 


How can I tell if my baby is teething?

Between the ages of four and six months, your baby will likely begin to exhibit the first signs of teething. For new parents, this can be quite the disruption to their normal happy routine!

If you’ve noticed any of the following signs, chances are that your infant is dealing with the pains of teething:

  • Excess drool — While your infant may love to slather you in drooly kisses, an increase in saliva may indicate new tooth activity. This is perfectly normal, but keep an eye on it in case your little one becomes dehydrated!
  • Loss of appetite — Because of this pain, many babies will refuse to eat or drink until their pain subsides. 
  • Mouth rash — All of that drool can cause a red rash around your baby’s chin and down to their chest. Be sure to wipe away excess drool to avoid future skin irritation!
  • Additional sucking — Babies suck to relieve the pressure associated with tooth pain. This process provides some relief along the gums where teeth are about to come through.
  • Ear pulling — Similar to a headache, infants have been known to pull on their ears to indicate pain or discomfort. This is a reactive action to reduce the irritation along the jaw.
  • Irritability — If your little one just won’t seem to calm down, you may be able to point to teething as the cause.

 


What can I do to soothe my baby’s teething pain?

All of these symptoms can prove very disruptive to both the child and their parents. If your little one can’t seem to smile through all of this discomfort, there are a few tools available. Teething rings, chewable toys, rubber toothbrushes, and other handheld items can all provide an ideal surface for your child to relieve the pain and pressure 

 


Are gaps in my child’s teeth ok?

Yes! While you may be worried about the long-term aesthetics of any gaps in your child’s smile, the truth is that gaps are actually a good thing! More space will give your little one’s adult teeth room to come in without discomfort. Crowded teeth, on the other hand, can make it hard to properly care for and may increase the chances of cavity growth.

 


What happens during my baby’s first visit to the dentist?

Your baby’s first visit to the dentist may hold a lot of anxiety for the entire family. It’s important to regulate the first experience, as a bad trip to the pediatric dentist can begin to build a lifetime of poor oral habits. The first visit will consist of getting to know you and your child as well as their current oral health. Babies will receive a special exam to check their gums and tooth growth, while older children will receive a complete cleaning and X-rays to see how their development is coming along.

Alligator Dental is here to help create a fun experience for your child, as we focus on comfort and communication every step of the way to ease any dental anxiety. Your first visit with one of our pediatric dentists will accomplish three things:

  • Build familiarity — Your child will learn a lot from their first experience with a kids’ dentist. We will work to put kids at ease by explaining our exam process, as well as other needed services.
  • Build trust — Starting off on the right foot helps to build trust, making your child much more comfortable when they visit their pediatric dentist.
  • Provide education — As the parent, you will receive proper instructions on how to best care for your child’s oral health, including dietary habits, the use of fluoride, and more.

 


How can I prepare my child for their first visit to the dentist?

Children look to their parents for guidance on how to act in different situations, and the dentist’s office is no different. Before your little one’s first appointment, be sure to focus on positivity. If you’re excited about going to the dentist, your little one will likely follow suit.

 


Need Assistance?

If you’re in need of assistance, or you have questions not covered through our FAQ page, feel free to reach out to the team at Alligator Dental for assistance. Our pediatric dentists in Seguin and San Marcos are here and happy to help children of all ages thrive with a healthy smile and a lifetime of proper brushing habits.

Contact us now to get started!