Your Baby's Dental Journey: Milestones from Newborn to 6 Years

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re eagerly awaiting (or already experiencing) your baby’s first dental milestones. From that gummy, toothless little smile to the first wobbly tooth, your child's dental development is a fascinating journey filled with important stages.

At brush-baby, we're here to guide you through these exciting moments with trusted advice and friendly support.

Let's explore our brush-baby top five dental milestones your little one will experience from newborn to six years old.

Tooth Incoming: Teething

When Does the First Tooth Appear?

Your little one’s first tooth emerging up from their teething gums is a magical moment. This usually happens around six months of age, although don't worry if your little one is an early or late bloomer—every baby is unique! The first teeth to appear during teething are usually the lower central incisors.

Signs of Teething

Teething can (unfortunately!), start a few months before their first tooth appears. You might notice your baby dribbling more, chewing on everything in sight, and perhaps feeling a bit more irritable than usual. These are all typical signs of teething and that those tiny teeth are on their way!

Soothing Teething Pain

Teething can be uncomfortable, but there are many ways to help soothe your baby's teething gums. Baby teethers and teether toys are excellent tools to help your baby’s teething symptoms. At brush-baby, we recommend using teething toys for babies. We have an array of teethers that can be found in our online shop - they are all soothing for teething gums. Our infant teethers are specially designed to massage the gums gently.

Teething Next Steps: The Emergence of Multiple Teeth

Teething Continues

After the first tooth makes its debut, others will follow in a predictable pattern. Usually, the upper central incisors appear next, followed by the lateral incisors, first molars, canines, and second molars. By the age of three, most children will have been through their teething phase (phew!) and will have a complete set of 20 primary teeth.

Importance of Teether Toys

Giving your little one a teether toy to chew during this stage not only provides comfort but can also help in developing a good biting and chewing mechanism. Choose the best baby teethers that are safe and effective in soothing your little one’s teething gums.

Maintain Oral Hygiene

Even before all the teeth come in, it's super important to start practising good oral hygiene. Use a soft, damp cloth or baby gum wipes to clean your baby’s gums after feedings. Once more teeth appear, you can switch to a baby toothbrush and a small amount of infant toothpaste.

The Introduction to Dental Check-Ups

First Dental Visit

It’s usually recommended to have your little one visit the dentist sometime between 6 months and their first birthday, or within six months of the first tooth's appearance. Early visits to the dentist are important for preventing potential dental issues and in making sure that routine oral health habits are started.

What to Expect During the Visit

During the first visit, the dentist will check your baby's teeth and gums, and give advice on brushing techniques, the best kind of baby brush to buy and which infant toothpaste to use. It's a great opportunity for parents to ask any questions they may have about their little one’s oral health.

The Transition from Bottles to Cups

Why Transition is Important

Around the age of one, it's often advised to start transitioning your child from bottle-feeding to using a cup. Prolonged bottle use, especially with sugary drinks, can lead to tooth decay, commonly known as "baby bottle tooth decay”, that no amount of brushing with a baby brush will guard against!

Tips for a Smooth Transition

Introduce a sippy cup between six months to one year old, gradually replacing bottles. Make sure to offer your little one water or milk in the cup and avoid sugary drinks. Patience is key here, some children may take longer to using a cup than others.

The First Loose Tooth

When Do Teeth Start to Fall Out?

To parents, it probably doesn’t feel that long ago that they were navigating the teething process with their little one and looking for the best baby teethers to help with their teething symptoms. Now, those beautiful baby teeth are wobbling! This usually starts around the age of six. The lower central incisors are usually the first to go, followed by the upper central incisors.

Managing the Experience

Losing teeth can be an exciting but also confusing time for some children. Reassure them that it's a natural part of growing up.

The Tooth Fairy Tradition

Make losing a tooth a fun experience by introducing the Tooth Fairy tradition. This can help ease any anxiety your child may have and turn it into a lovely memory!

From Teething to Wobbling First Teeth: We’ve Got You Covered

From the first tiny tooth to the last baby tooth falling out, your little one’s dental milestones are big moments in their growth and development. At brush-baby, we're here to support you and your little one through every stage with our range of expertly curated dental products.

Remember, maintaining good oral hygiene from the start is super important in ensuring a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Start your child's dental care journey with us and see the difference our products can make. 

Happy brushing!