Even though the primary dentition (commonly known as baby teeth) are temporary, it's important to realize how essential they are to the eventual eruption of your child's permanent teeth. Baby teeth play a crucial role in helping kids learn to speak and chew food for nourishment, but they also save space for their adult teeth. This is why, if your child has a badly decayed primary tooth, a stainless steel crown may be the best solution.
LONGEVITY OF BABY TEETH
Many parents believe baby teeth aren't in the mouth for long. But the truth is these little chompers need to be functional for quite a few years. The first tooth appears around six months, per the American Dental Association (ADA), and by ages two to three all 20 teeth will have erupted. Although children begin to lose a few baby teeth by about six, they won't lose thei...
Your baby’s first tooth is a major milestone in growth and development. As parents, we cherish those first toothy smiles.
Following good oral hygiene habits and visiting a dentist regularly will help ensure that your child has a healthy smile for years to come.
Baby’s First Teeth
It’s never too early to begin good brushing habits. You can start by wiping your baby’s gums after each feeding. Once your baby’s first tooth comes in, begin brushing with a soft toothbrush. Clean and massage gums in areas that remain toothless, and begin flossing when all the baby teeth have erupted, usually by age 2 or 2½.
Caring for your child’s “baby,” or primary, teeth is very important, as these teeth hold space for the future eruption of permanent teeth. They also help your child speak and chew.
After the age of six or so, deciduous teeth – also known as baby or primary teeth – fall out and are replaced by the permanent teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), baby teeth will start showing up in a child's mouth starting around the age of six months and continuing until he or she is about six years old. The baby teeth play an important role in helping a child learn to chew and speak, and they also serve as placeholders, saving the spot for the permanent teeth that will eventually erupt. Here are several differences between the deciduous and the permanent teeth.
Baby teeth can start coming in as early as five months. By one year, a child typically has six baby teeth: usually the top four front teeth, and the bottom two front teeth. By three years old, children should have all 20 of their baby teeth.
Some children are actually born with teeth. We call them natal teeth, or milking teeth. In fact, in my residency I was called to the hospital to evaluate a 12-hour old child with multiple teeth. Because there was a risk of aspiration, we had to pull them. I really hope the Tooth Fairy made an early stop to that baby!