For Adolescents and Children

Did you know that at birth, people already have 20 primary (baby) teeth that begin to appear after six months, and that by age 21, there are no more primary teeth and all 32 permanent teeth have emerged?

Getting to know your teeth can be fun and educational!

Anatomy of a Tooth

anatomy of a tooth

 

Tooth Eruption Chart

tooth eruption graphic

When New Teeth Arrive

Your son or daughter’s primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to appear until about age three. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore.

To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your little one has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth.

Your child’s primary teeth are shed at various times throughout childhood. Permanent teeth begin to erupt at age six, and continue until age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth — 32, including wisdom teeth.

Adopting Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

As your child’s teeth erupt, be sure to examine them every two weeks, and check for lines and discoloration that may be caused by decay. Remember that sugary foods and liquids can attack a new tooth, so take care that your son or daughter brushes after feeding or eating. We recommend brushing four times a day for optimal oral hygiene: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime.

Brushing can be fun, and your youngster should brush as soon as the first tooth arrives. When a baby’s tooth erupts, parents should brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children younger than two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by our office or another healthcare professional. We suggest reviewing proper tooth brushing procedures with your child.

Flossing is also a part of good oral hygiene habits, and we will discuss with you the right time to start flossing. If you notice signs of decay, contact us immediately.

Preventing Tooth Decay with Regular Checkups

Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid, which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.

Your little one should visit us every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest.

Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, and prevent decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your child’s regular checkups.

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