As a parent, you have a lot to keep track of. One of the most important things is the health and development of your child’s teeth. After all, their chompers help them chew properly, speak clearly, and smile confidently throughout the years! If you aren’t familiar with the lifecycle of baby teeth, keep reading to learn when baby teeth usually come in and fall out, as well as how to care for them properly.
When Do Baby Teeth Usually Come In?
Although every child is different, baby teeth usually make an appearance before their first birthday (around the six-to-ten-month mark). Most often, the lower front teeth break through the gum line first. Over the next few years, more teeth will come in, filling in their smile. By three years of age, they should have all of their teeth.
When Do Baby Teeth Usually Fall Out?
Most children lose their first tooth around age six. Typically, they loosen in the same order they come in, starting with their front teeth and working their way back. By their late teens, it’s normal for all of their permanent teeth to be in place (with the exception of their wisdom teeth). With that being said, it’s natural for your child to be a little earlier or later than their classmates or even their siblings. Just make sure their dentist is monitoring their development throughout the years.
How to Care for Your Child’s Baby Teeth
From the moment your child’s first tooth emerges, it’s important to start implementing an oral hygiene regimen. If you’re unsure where to start, here are a few tips to help:
- Schedule an appointment with their pediatric dentist when their first tooth appears.
- Clean their teeth with a child-sized toothbrush after each meal (or at least each morning and evening).
- Until they are able to rinse, only use a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Once they have two teeth next to each other, start flossing.
- Keep their intake of sugary foods and beverages to a minimum.
Your child’s teeth play a crucial role in their overall development, so make sure you monitor and care for them. If you have any questions about caring for your child’s smile, don’t hesitate to ask your greatest ally when it comes to their oral health: their dentist!
About the Author
Dr. Tera Pollock earned her dental doctorate from the Baylor College of Dentistry in 1993, and she has been helping patients of all ages maintain their happy, healthy smiles ever since! As a mother of three, she knows the importance of baby teeth and enjoyable dental care. So, she goes above and beyond to provide gentle dentistry in a comfortable environment. If you’d like to learn more about caring for baby teeth, don’t hesitate to visit her website or give her a call at 972-475-0301.