Most children follow a similar developmental timeline when their teeth begin to erupt. As your child’s teeth begin to emerge, we strongly encourage you to take good care of their teeth and mouth, as the primary teeth help your child to speak and enunciate properly, encourage correct jaw development, promote good chewing habits and nutrition and aid in the spacing and alignment of the adult teeth later on. Our dentists and team will be happy to help you learn the best ways to care for your child’s teeth. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for your child with Dr. Murray and our peditric dentist, Dr. Greene, please contact our office today.
Your child’s baby teeth actually begin developing before they are born, and typically begin to erupt through the gum line between the ages of six and nine months. By age three, most children have their full set of 20 primary teeth. We recommend that you schedule your child’s first dental appointment about six months after their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday.
The first teeth to emerge are usually the central incisors (front teeth) of the upper and lower jaws. They are followed by the lateral incisors, and then by the first molars. The canine teeth and the second molars then follow. Your child will typically lose their baby teeth in the same order in which they erupted. Please remember that not every child will follow this schedule. Some children’s teeth erupt sooner, while other children’s teeth erupt later.
To keep your child’s teeth clean, gently wipe them after each feeding with a damp gauze pad or washcloth. You should begin gently flossing your child’s teeth as soon as there are two adjacent teeth in the mouth. At around age 2, you will be able to establish a daily routine of brushing and flossing. Brush and floss your child’s teeth for them until about age six or seven. By this age, their motor skills will have developed enough that they can brush for themselves.
For more information about tooth eruption and caring for your child’s teeth in Tuscumbia, Alabama, contact SRD on 5th at 256-712-4005 today.