In a year of milestones, first teeth play a big part in an infant’s growth and exploration of the world. Those precious first smiles will go through a lot of changes as your baby grows into an energetic toddler.
The first tooth typically erupts between ages 6 to 12 months and is complete by the age of 3. Gums can be sore and tender. Often your child will be irritable. Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, a cold, wet cloth, or a teething ring helps soothe the gums.
Your Infant’s New Teeth
Primary, or “baby” teeth play a crucial role in dental development. Baby teeth allow your child to chew their food and get the proper nutrition they need for healthy growth. Baby teeth also aid in proper speech development and act as a guide for the correct position of the permanent or adult teeth.
AAPD Sippy Cup Tips
To help reduce the risk of cavities in children, here are some following guidelines on using sippy cups properly:
- The sippy cup is a training tool to help children transition from a bottle to a cup. It shouldn’t be used for a long period of time – it’s not a bottle and it’s not a pacifier.
- Unless being used at mealtime, the sippy cup should only be filled with water. Frequent drinking of any other liquid, even if diluted, from a bottle or no-spill training cup should be avoided.
- Sippy cups should not be used at naptime or bedtime unless they only have water in them.