Your Child’s Teeth

June 17th, 2013 - By steve.mccormack

A child’s primary teeth, sometimes called “baby teeth,” are as important as the permanent adult teeth.    Primary teeth typically begin to appear when a baby is between age six months and one year.     They also hold space  for the permanent teeth that are growing under the gums.    Losing baby teeth early can lead to serious crowding with the permanent teeth.

The ADA recommends that a dentist examine a child around their first birthday.    A dental visit at an early age is a “well baby checkup” for the teeth.     Besides checking for tooth decay and other problems, Dr McCormack and his staff can show you how to clean the child’s teeth properly, make good diet choices, review appropriate bottle and sip-cup beverages fluoride recommendations,  and how to evaluate any adverse habits such as thumb sucking.

The Teething Cycle
When teeth first come in, some babies may have sore or tender gums.     Gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger, a small, cool spoon or a wet gauze pad can be soothing.      You can also give the baby a clean teething ring to chew on.      If your child is still cranky and in pain, consult us or your  physician.       Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are three years old.

Primary Teeth Eruption Chart

Most primary, or “baby” teeth are erupted by age 2 or a little older.

The first permanent teeth to erupt are the upper and lower front 4 incisors.  It is not uncommon for the permanent lower incisors to erupt just inside the baby teeth and then push the baby teeth aside.   Your child will get their first permanent molars at about age 6 to 7.

They will continue to keep some baby teeth until age 11 or 12.   By age 13 or 14  most children have only permanent teeth.