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When should my child start going to a dentist?

Children should begin seeing a dentist earlier than most parents assume. “It is generally recommended that an infant be seen by a dentist by age 1 or within 6 months after his or her first tooth comes in. This allows the dentist to inspect the teeth for any irregularities and counsel the parents on correct brushing methods and appropriate diet.”

Baby teeth don’t last long – so it can be hard to understand the importance of a baby’s oral health. Did you know that any decay in baby teeth could compromise permanent adult teeth that are developing under the surface? It’s true, and this is why it’s incredibly important to protect your child’s baby teeth. Baby teeth also aid in developing a child’s speech.

When can you expect your child’s teeth to begin showing up?

  • A general rule of thumb is that for every 6 months of life, approximately 4 teeth will erupt
  • Girls generally precede boys in tooth eruption
  • Lower teeth usually erupt before upper teeth
  • Teeth in both jaws usually erupt in pairs – one on the right and one on the left
  • Primary teeth are smaller in size and whiter in color than the permanent teeth that will follow
  • By the time a child is 2 to 3 years of age, all primary teeth should have erupted

Your children will develop 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3 years old. There are 5 different types:

  • Central incisors
  • Lateral incisors
  • Canines
  • First molars
  • Second molars

Click here to view a pediatric tooth development chart

Schedule your child’s first appointment today by calling 801-495-3567

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