Primary teeth

Primary baby teeth appear between the ages of 6 months and 2 years.  The eruption can be painful and sometimes cause rashes.  To relieve your child, you can rub his or her gums with your finger or a small cold spoon.  If pain persists, your dentist or pharmacist can help.

Here’s what to avoid:

  • Do not rub any topical painkiller cream or gel on your child’s gums; he could swallow it.
  • Do not give him teething biscuits. They may contain added or concealed sugar.
  • Do not underestimate a fever. The eruption of new teeth doesn’t make babies sick or feverish. If your child has a fever, consult your doctor.

Tooth decay can begin at the onset of new teeth.  This can be due to breast milk or bottled milk.  Prolonged contact of the teeth with a sweet liquid (lactose) allows the oral bacteria to process the sugar into acid, thus causing cavities.  Do not let the child fall asleep while drinking, whether it be juice or milk.

The Canadian Dental Association advises parents to bring their child to the dentist at the age of six months for the first personalized advice.  The first dental cleaning will be done around the age of two and a half.