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A child’s primary teeth, sometimes called “baby teeth,” are as important as the permanent adult teeth.
When Do Baby Teeth Come In?
A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth and typically begin to appear when a baby is between 6 months and 1 year.
When teeth first come in, some babies may have sore or tender gums. Gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger, a small, cool spoon or a wet gauze pad can be soothing. You can also give the baby a clean teething ring to chew on. If your child is still cranky and in pain, make sure to bring them in to our office for a look. Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3.
Why Baby Teeth Matter
Not only do primary teeth help children chew and speak, 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?
We recommend that a dentist examine a child within six months after the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday. A dental visit at an early age is a “well-baby checkup” for the teeth. Besides checking for tooth decay and other problems, the dentist can show you how to clean the child’s teeth properly and how to evaluate any adverse habits such as thumbsucking.
At the dentist, a baby’s first dental visit is usually called a Primary Exam. This exam is usually around 15-20 minutes depending on how comfortable your child is with the dentist. If you have insurance, this primary exam is billed to your insurance and is a regular charged appointment. If you are unsure, please ask our receptionists before the appointment starts.