Your Child's Teeth

Baby teeth are actually referred as primary teeth. Teeth first begin to appear between the 4th and 18th month of age. By the time your child reaches 3, they should have all their primary teeth in place. Permanent teeth will begin to come in at approximately 6 years of age. Permanent teeth come up under the primary teeth and cause their roots to slowly dissolve. All permanent teeth should be in by the age of 13.

There are 20 primary teeth.

Unlike the permanent dentition,
The primary dentition has no premolars.



Dental care should start early for your child. Naturally, at first you'll have to care for their teeth. Begin cleaning the baby teeth as soon as you see the first one in place. It's important not to lose a finger in the process, but try to use a small gauze or wash cloth to first clean. Begin to use a brush as soon as you can - place just a small amount of toothpaste on the brush so that they may get the idea to brush - not - eat the toothpaste.

“Bottle mouth” - this occurs when a child sleeps with a bottle. Liquids (EVEN MILK) that stay in the mouth continuously can cause rapid decay.

Thumb sucking and pacifiers - this is a very normal habit for a newborn. But, if it goes on beyond 36 months it may lead to serious problems of jaw format ion and tooth displacement.

You as the parent should be observing the teeth yourself - always checking to see if there are any signs of darkness which may be decay.

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