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What You Need to Know About Your Child's Dental Development

Last updated 5 years ago

There are many milestones for parents of young children to pay attention to, from growth to social development. It’s also important to observe your child’s dental development so that you’ll know when he or she requires pediatric dental care. For example, it’s recommended that children have their first visit to the dentist around the time that the first tooth appears.

Babies’ First Teeth
Your baby’s first set of teeth are called the primary teeth. You should be able to see the first teeth poking through the gums when your baby is about six months old. However, girls tend to acquire their first teeth before boys do. The front teeth typically appear first, followed by the back molars. Similarly, the lower teeth usually appear prior to the upper teeth. All 20 of the primary teeth should be visible by the time your child is three years old. During this time, follow a pediatric dentist’s recommendations for oral care. The dentist may recommend giving children older than six months a fluoride supplement.

Children’s Permanent Teeth
When your child is between the ages of six and 11 years old, you will notice that he or she begins to lose the baby teeth. You will likely notice the permanent molars appearing first, as your child begins to lose his or her front teeth. The permanent teeth may initially appear crooked, but they will typically straighten out over time. When your child is between the ages of 12 to 21 years, the last eight molars, including four wisdom teeth, will appear through the gums.

Issues in Dental Development
Observing your child’s dental development allows you to ask the dentist about any potential issues as soon as possible. For example, if your child’s baby teeth do not appear in the typical order, inform the dentist. The teeth may not have enough room to develop properly, or there may be an infection. Sometimes, a child’s permanent tooth starts to develop when the corresponding primary tooth is not yet loose. To make room for the permanent tooth, the dentist will remove the baby tooth.

To learn more about caring for a young child’s teeth, consult a pediatric dentist. Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry of Long Island is committed to providing the highest standard of care and patient comfort for your child. Call us today at (516) 798-1111 for an appointment.


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