A little game you like to play with your child every night is wiggling your finger along their gums. This gives you a chance to clean their mouth as well as get an adorable giggle or two. Everything is going normally until you feel something different. You see that their two lower front teeth are starting to come in! All of a sudden your mind is awash with questions. When should they come in? What order? When do they fall out? When should I take them to see the children’s dentist in Thornton, CO? Dr. Derren Tippets and Dr. Michele Lacy have the answers to all your baby teeth questions.
1. When Should They Start Coming In?
Your child’s teeth actually begin forming while they are still in the womb. The first teeth to erupt, usually the bottom front incisors, should happen around 6-10 months. After that, they will start coming in pairs until your child is about 3 years old. Of course, none of this is exact as pace and order of eruption will often vary.
2. How Many Baby Teeth Should They Have?
A full set of baby teeth should add up to 20.
- 8 Incisors (4 on top, 4 on bottom)
- 4 Canines (2 on top, 2 on bottom)
- 8 Molars (4 on top, 4 on bottom)
3. Does Oral Hygiene Matter Since They Are Just Going To Fall Out?
Yes, it is very important for your child to take care of their baby teeth. Not only will they need them to start eating solid food, but baby teeth are also essential in helping your child learn how to speak, as well as facilitating proper jaw and muscle development. They are also essential for providing the space and path for their adult teeth.
4. When Should Their Start Falling Out?
Your children’s teeth should start to become lose and fall out at about 6-8 years of age. They should gradually lose all of their baby teeth by the age of 9-13.
5. When Should I Take Them To The Dentist?
Your child’s first visit to your children’s dentist in Thornton should occur either 6 months after their first tooth has erupted or before their first birthday. This first visit will allow the doctors at Treasured Teeth to clean your child’s teeth and gums as well as make sure everything is developing properly. This will also provide the chance for you and your child to ask any questions about their oral health. This first visit is very important as it can start to establish a positive association with oral hygiene for your child.
Need To Know More?
If you still have questions about your child’s teeth, please give us a call today. Taking care of their teeth now can give them a good start and years of healthy smiles down the road. We are happy to serve as your children’s dentist in Reunion and Thornton, CO, so we hope to hear from you soon.