Baby teeth are more important than many people realize; they affect the way your baby's jaw grows, aid in chewing, and help form those important first sounds and words.
Every baby's teeth develop differently, though generally the two front teeth appear between four and seven months of age. Teething is usually painless, but it can make some babies uncomfortable and fussy; it may help to give your baby a cold teething ring or washcloth to chew or suck. Teething does not cause a fever, and if your baby develops one you should talk to your doctor.
Start cleaning your baby's teeth twice a day as soon as the first tooth appears. Until your child is one year old, you can use a wet wash cloth or gauze to clean your baby's teeth and gums. At around one year to 18 months of age you should start using a soft baby toothbrush and a small dab of toothpaste that does not have fluoride in it, which is safe if ingested.
Be sure to take your baby to a dentist by his or her first birthday, especially if there is a high risk for cavities or any other problems with his or her teeth. We suggest letting your child meet the dentist and see the office before he or she has a tooth problem to ensure their comfort when visiting us.