Teething and Tooth
& Gum Care

Stage 1: Guide for 0+ Years

That gummy grin melts your heart. Soon, baby teeth will poke through and your little one may become irritable, fussy, drool more than usual, lose their appetite, or have trouble sleeping. Here’s what to expect during the first stage of your baby’s oral development.

Gum Care & First Teeth
Teething Chart & Tips
First Dentist Visit
Watch Outs

All Smiles for Early Oral Health

When your baby has a gummy smile, oral care might not be top of mind. But it’s important to get in the habit of cleaning your baby’s teeth and gums every day. Keep browsing for helpful advice during this early development stage.

How to Care for Your Baby’s Gums

Gum care for babies doesn’t include a toothbrush or toothpaste. And it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

How to Care for Baby’s First Teeth

It’s a big day when that first tooth appears. Time to add finger brushing to the routine. Don’t worry, we’ll help!

It’s Teething Time

For the average baby, teeth break through around 6 months. But it can start as early as 3 months and as late as 12 months. Most children have all 20 of their primary teeth by their 3rd birthday.

Teething Timeline

Click the arrows in the diagram to see an estimated progression of baby teeth.

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Common Teething Symptoms

  • Mild fever (less than 102º F)
  • Increased drooling
  • Runny nose
  • Decreased appetite for solid foods
  • Increased biting, sucking, chewing
  • Facial rash
  • Rubbing gums
  • Rubbing or tugging on ears
  • Irritable or fussy behavior

Symptoms NOT Associated with Teething

  • Fever over 102º F
  • Decreased appetite for liquids
  • Rash on body other than face
  • Cough and congestion
  • Uncontrolled diarrhea
  • Uncontrolled vomiting

Contact your doctor or health-care provider if any of these symptoms are present.

Teething? No Problem!

Read 4 tips to take the pain out of teething.

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A Child’s First Dentist Visit

Help your child prepare for this exciting milestone. Here are 6 things to expect at the first appointment.

Ace the Dentist

Read up on 5 tips that you can do to make sure your child’s first trip to the dentist is a breeze.

Watch Outs

The biggest watch out at this age is baby bottle tooth decay. It can happen when your baby has lots of sugary liquids over time—including breast milk. Here’s how to ensure baby bottle tooth decay doesn’t affect your little one, as well as other things to watch.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

As tempting as it may be, make sure your baby isn’t falling asleep with a bottle. And remember, a quick mouth wipe post-meal goes a long way.

A Clean Paci

It doesn’t matter what you call it: binky, soother, or pacifier—a sterilized one can help reduce the bacteria that leads to tooth decay.

Level Up to the Sippy Cup

Try to graduate to sippy cups by your child’s 1st birthday. Even better, move to sippy cups around 6 months if possible.

Sharing Isn’t Caring

Avoid sharing your utensils with your baby so bacteria from your mouth is not passed to your child.

Things to Remember

Daytime (After Feeding):

Wipe down your little one’s gums with a damp washcloth or gauze pad. If old enough, clean with a tooth and gum cleanser.
 

Night (Before Bed):

Same routine as daytime. Don’t forget to sterilize the finger brush and pacifier, if using.
 

Reminder:

No dozing off with a bottle to avoid baby bottle tooth decay.
 

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