What you Should Know About Your Baby’s Teeth

The milestone of your baby getting their first tooth is an exciting time. New teeth give your child the ability to eat, speak and smile. Its also a great reminder to learn how to care for their teeth properly!

Good Health Includes Good Dental Health For Your Baby’s Teeth

A major part of early childhood development is your baby’s first teeth. They help your child speak , smile and eat as well as hold space for their adult teeth to come in.

Baby Teeth Facts:

  • Babies are born with 20 baby (primary) teeth that just haven’t grown in (erupted) yet.
  • Most baby’s start teething around the 6 month mark when teeth begin erupting. This continues until the age of approx 3 years when typically the bottom incisors begin to erupt.
  • Most children between the ages of 6 and 12 will have a combination of primary and adult teeth. Gradually the primary teeth will be replaced by 332 adult teeth. Primary incisor (front) teeth are lost between the ages of 6 to 8 years of age. Back teeth (canines and molars) will be lost until ages of 9 to 13.
  • Baby’s teeth are more prone to cavities because their tooth enamel is much thinner than adults.
  • It is normal to have spacing between baby teeth is normal and allows for adult teeth to erupt.

First Dental Visits

Your child’s first visit dental visit is another milestone. They should see their dentist by the time their first tooth erupts or by the time they are 1 year old. Early preventative measures helps prevent and reduces the risk of cavities.

Your child’s dentist is your partner in helping your child have healthy teeth. Early visits to the dentist have been shown to reduce cavities risk by providing preventative measures. Semi-annual visits are recommended to keep your child’s oral health optimal.

Pediatric Dental Visits and What To Expect

The dentist will do the following to ensure your baby’s teeth get a good start to oral health:

  • Checking your child’s teeth and mouth for erupting teeth or any oral issues.
  • Count the teeth and help you plan for further teething.
  • Discuss ways to care for your baby’s teeth, including starting a healthy brushing routine and forming good dietary habits.
  • Perform preventative treatments, such as fluoride varnish or sealants.

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Source:  dentistry.uic.edu

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