An important job for all parents is instilling good dental hygiene habits in their children. Parents wonder when to do what. It helps to understand different factors about the baby teeth, so here’s some info from Dr. Steier.
Primary dentition sounds like some old time school writing exercise, but it simply means the arrival of your child’s 20 baby teeth. Although not to be confused with a Florida live oak, these teeth are called deciduous teeth, and they include four incisors, two canines, and four molars on each jaw. These begin erupting through the gums around the age of six months. One or two teeth will break through each month.
The first teeth to come in are the bottom central incisors, followed by the four front teeth on the upper jaw. The rest of the teeth descend in pairs, usually one on each side. Your child should have around 10 teeth on top and bottom somewhere between 2 and 3 years old. These teeth will last until around 6 or 7 when they will start to shed, making it a busy time for the Tooth Fairy. Those deciduous teeth will be mostly gone by the age of 13, replaced by permanent teeth.
Fun baby teeth facts
Here are some facts about baby teeth you probably didn’t know. Impress your friends at your next Boca garden party:
- Girls get their teeth earlier than boys.
- Teeth in the lower jaw erupt before those in the upper jaw.
- Children who are shorter in height may have delayed tooth eruption.
- If you live in a warmer climate like ours, your kid’s teeth will come in earlier than those in Minnesota.
- People living in urban areas get teeth faster than rural kids.
- Birth rank can make older kids get their teeth earlier than their youngest brother or sister.
A couple tips
- Before your child’s teeth erupt, clean your baby’s gums and the erupting teeth by rubbing a clean, damp washcloth along the baby’s upper and lower gums.
- When the teeth come in, start brushing your baby’s teeth at least two to three times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water.
Now you have the timeframe of what to expect with your child’s teeth. When it’s time, call Dr. Steier at (561) 395-3190 to make your appointment for your child.