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BABY TEETH DEVELOPMENT – PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
When Do Babies Teeth Come In?
A baby has 20 unerupted primary teeth developing by the time they are born.
► Primary teeth (baby teeth or deciduous teeth) begin to form about 6 weeks after a baby is conceived.
► By the time your baby is born, all 20 primary teeth are present in the jawbones.
► The permanent teeth also begin to develop before birth.
When Do Children Start Teething?
Typically begin to appear when a baby is between 6 months and 1 year.
► The time when teeth appear varies from child to child.
► Occasionally babies are born with a tooth, but these early teeth are usually lost soon after birth.
► Usually the first tooth appears between 6 to 10 months, but a few babies have no teeth until 12 months or more.
► The lower two front teeth usually come through before the upper ones.
► The teeth usually come through in pairs – one on the right, one on the left side.
► By about 2½ to 3 years, all 20 baby teeth have come through.
► The first permanent teeth (molars in both jaws and the central (incisor) teeth in the lower jaw) begin to come through when a child is about 6.
► By 12 to 13 years, most children have 28 permanent teeth. The last 4 molars (‘wisdom teeth’) usually come through between 17 and 21 years.
Why Baby Teeth Are Important?
Baby teeth are very important to your child’s health and development. They help him or her chew, speak and smile. They also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make teeth crooked or crowded. That’s why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.
When Should I Start Taking My Child to the Dentist?
After the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday. Schedule your “well-baby checkup” at the first signs of teething. Dr. Richardson will show you how to clean the child’s teeth properly and how to handle habits like thumb sucking. We offer a Complimentary Infant Oral Examination. For details go to our INFANT ORAL EXAMINATION page.
Pediatric Dentistry for Babies serving Corona, Eastvale, Norco, Jurupa Valley, and Riverside, California.