Teething: Facts to sink your teeth into.
Sink your teeth into this: Parents think of teething as the few days of swelling, discomfort, and irritability before a baby’s tooth erupts, but tooth development actually begins before birth. Primary or “baby” teeth form below the gum line around the 6th week of pregnancy, and they’re covered by hard enamel during the third to fourth month. Permanent or “adult” teeth also begin to develop at this time. During pregnancy, you can get your child’s teeth off to a healthy start by following your doctor’s advice and eating a well-balanced diet, including calcium-rich foods such as yogurt and dark leafy greens. And, when you baby gets these little teeth, you’ll need to take good care of them.
Dr Reid is a Pugh Award distinguished board eligible pediatric dentist. She earned her pediatric specialty training through UCLA’s program at San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital. She has also served our servicemen as a Dental Officer at the Marine Corp Air Station, Miramar in San Diego. She’s also mommy to 5 year old Ezra. To follow her monthly blog posts, follow her at PediatricDentistSanDiego.com