A baby’s first tooth is a major milestone in your child’s development! But when exactly should you prepare for this moment?
Well, baby teeth eruption can vary, but this guide can help you figure out when to expect this major moment:
Once your baby is 6 months old, you can most likely expect their very first tooth to erupt. The first ones you’ll spot are the two front and upper teeth.
By the time your baby is 10-12 months old, they should have these 4 teeth erupted.
In the next few months, your baby will usually get their central and lateral incisors. You can expect them to erupt between the ages of 10 and 16 months.
After that, the canines will slowly make an appearance. These are the pointy teeth that usually show up between 16 and 23 months. Some children can also get their first molars at around this time. But if they don’t, it’s nothing to worry about. The molars are on their way!
So by the time your baby is around 3 years old, they should have all their baby teeth. The second pair of molars will grow at the 23-33 mark.
Experts recommend taking a child to see a pediatric dentist the moment their first baby tooth erupts. While it can seem a bit premature, these preventative consultations can be incredibly important in protecting your child’s oral health.
The dentist can inspect the child’s tooth, gums, and tongue and see if there are any signs that may need more attention. Moreover, they can give you a lot of useful tips on how to protect your child’s oral health at home.
Your child will use their baby teeth for a few years, learning how to properly chew their food. These teeth will even set the foundation for good oral hygiene.
When they are about 6 or 7 years old, you can expect their first baby tooth loss. As the permanent tooth is ready to make an appearance, it dissolves the root of the baby tooth, making it looser.
Usually, baby teeth can fall off on their own, but it doesn’t hurt to take your child to see the dentist if you notice the baby tooth is a little bit stubborn.
Is your child getting their first baby tooth? Are their permanent ones soon to erupt? No matter which milestone movement you’ll be celebrating, Dr. Jonathon Konz at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is here to help make sure your child’s smile grows happy and healthy.
To get started, please book an appointment at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry online.
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