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Family Dentistry Facts: Understanding Baby Teeth

If you have children, then you are probably extremely familiar with the process of teething. If your children are a bit older, you may be onto the next stage where you child is now losing their baby teeth and gaining the permanent set they will have for the rest of their lives. The family dentistry experts at Innovative Dental know that dealing with teething and baby teeth can be a bit overwhelming when you don’t know what to expect. Keep reading to gain a better understanding of your child’s baby teeth.

The First Set of Teeth

Your child’s first set of teeth are present in their jaw when they are born. Typically, your child will start teething around 6 months old, and the process can continue for the next year and a half or so. The first teeth that come in are the central incisors, followed by the lateral incisors, first molars, canines, and finally the second molars. Your child will experience discomfort and irritability as their teeth come in. Your child will have 20 teeth total when they have all of their baby teeth.

You should begin bringing your child to a family dentistry service like Innovative Dental sometime after they get their first tooth and before their first birthday. These appointments are great to get your child comfortable with visiting the dentist, and they will give you an opportunity to discuss any information and concerns with a dentist.

Getting Adult Teeth

When it comes to losing baby teeth and developing the new, permanent set, the teeth fall out in basically the same order in which they came in. A child typically loses their central incisors around 6 or 7 years old and loses the last of their teeth by around age 12. These ages are estimations. If your child developed their baby teeth early, they will probably be younger when they develop their permanent teeth, and vice versa. The permanent teeth will begin to come in soon after the baby tooth has come out.

Family Dentistry at Innovative Dental

It’s important to begin to begin healthy teeth habits early, especially when it comes to your children. With family dentistry services at Innovative Dental, you ensure that your children’s teeth are being taken care of throughout their entire lives. We take care of general family dentistry, braces and Invisalign, and even emergency dental services. For more information on our family dentistry services are the right choice for your family, check out the Innovative Dental website and schedule an appointment with us today!