When your child loses their first tooth, it is just as exciting as when your child received their first baby tooth. Generally, children begin to lose their baby teeth around the age of 6. Over the next few years, your child will continue to lose their baby teeth to allow a permanent tooth to fill the space. Your child’s age will help you determine which teeth you can expect them to lose next. As a children’s dentist in Thornton CO, we have the information you need to know to ensure your child’s baby teeth and adult teeth stay healthy throughout childhood.

Permanent Teeth Eruption

Around the age of 6 to 7 years old, your child will start to lose their central incisors, which have held the place for the permanent teeth since first erupting around the age of 8 to 12 months. Within a year, the permanent teeth will erupt while you child loses the next set of baby teeth, the lateral incisors around the age of 7 to 8 years of age. Once the lateral incisors are lost, it will be a couple of years before the canines are lost. Between the ages of 9 to 12 years old, your child will lose their canines, first molars and second molars. By the time your child is 13, they will have lost all of their baby teeth and the majority of the permanent teeth will have erupted. It’s not until your child is about 17 years old that their final 4 teeth will come in, the wisdom teeth, for a total of 32 permanent teeth.

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

As a children’s dentist in Reunion CO, we often hear people say that baby teeth aren’t very important because they just fall out. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Baby teeth play a crucial role in your child’s ability to eat and speak correctly. Not to mention, they aid with the development of the permanent teeth. Unhealthy baby teeth can cause complications with the permanent teeth so it’s important to properly care for your child’s first set of teeth.

The development of healthy baby teeth starts from the inside out with a healthy, well balanced diet to ensure the teeth develop correctly. To ensure the health of the teeth, your child needs to practice proper oral hygiene. Children should brush their teeth twice a day and floss one a day while visiting the dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. You must also protect your child’s teeth from damage by limiting foods that can cause cavities, such as soda and candy. After your child’s permanent teeth erupt, your child needs to practice the same oral care to ensure their teeth last a lifetime.

Your Children’s Dentist in Thornton CO

As a children’s dentist in Montrose CO, we want to see your child develop and maintain healthy, beautiful teeth to last a lifetime. We encourage you to bring your child in for their first dental appointment by the age of one to set the right foundation for a lifetime of oral health.