From 4 to 8 Months - Healthy Teeth

Pregnancy and Beyond

By now your baby may have one or two teeth. The center lower teeth are usually first to appear. Taking good care of "baby" teeth is important because these teeth save space in the jaw for the permanent teeth. Early loss of baby teeth can lead to crooked and crowded permanent teeth.

Giving your baby a bottle of formula, milk, fruit juice or sweet liquid as a pacifier at naptime or as a nighttime comforter can harm teeth. When the baby is awake, she can continually swallow the liquid. However, during sleep the fluid pools around the front teeth. This encourages the growth of decay-causing bacteria, which can damage teeth.

You can protect your baby's teeth by following these suggestions:

With your help, your baby can have healthy teeth and a nice smile.