When Should I Start Brushing My Baby’s Teeth?

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A lot of parents ask this question because they’re not sure if they should start early.

A common concern is that brushing milk teeth won’t make a difference since these teeth fall out eventually, anyway. But as you’ll see, there’s still a point to brushing your baby’s first teeth.

We’ll explain everything you need to know about your little one’s dental development and care here.

The Basics of Your Baby’s Dental Growth

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We’ll start by going over the way a baby’s teeth grow.

Here’s something few people know: your baby’s teeth are typically already developing by the time you hit a baby shop in Singapore for those last nursery essentials before the due date.

That’s because babies’ teeth start growing while they’re still in the womb. You just won’t see those teeth when they’re born because they’re still hidden by the gums.

But the fact is, they’re already there - about 20 of them, in fact!

So when do they show up? Here’s where things get wildly variable. For some babies, the first tooth shows up as early as 3 months from birth. For others, it takes a full year!

But usually, you should see all 20 of those milk teeth by the time your little one hits 3 years of age. From there, it may take around 3 more years before they start getting replaced by permanent teeth.

When to Start Brushing Your Baby’s Teeth

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You can start brushing your baby’s teeth the moment the first tooth appears.

The teeth may appear in any order, but for most babies, the first tooth is typically one of the centre ones in the bottom set.