About Pediatric Dentistry
As pediatric dentists, we specialize in taking care of kids! Our doctors had extra years of training after dental school to dedicate themselves to working with children. We are passionate about serving kids and educating them on good dental health. Babies, toddlers, and adolescents all need unique approaches with dental care, home care, development and behavior. We focus on giving your child the individualized approach that they need.
Why are baby teeth important?
Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth are important to maintain for several reasons. Neglected decay can affect the permanent teeth developing underneath. They also assist with proper chewing and eating, creating room for the new teeth to erupt in the right position, they allow for normal development of the jaw and muscles. They can affect speech and your child’s facial appearance.
When will my child’s teeth come in?
Believe it or not, your child’s teeth start forming when they are still in mommy’s belly! The first baby tooth can erupt through the gums as early as 4 months of age. Typically, the bottom front two teeth are the first to erupt. We call these the lower central incisors, which are closely followed by the upper central incisors or your child’s “two front teeth.” By age three we expect most, if not all, of your child’s 20 primary teeth to appear.
Permanent teeth normally start erupting around the age of 6 beginning with the molars. As an adult, you should expect to have 32 permanent teeth including your wisdom teeth.