Baby teeth start coming in by the time children have reached about one year of age. Most kids have all 20 of their baby teeth by the time they are about two and a half. It is crucial during this time to bring your children into a kid’s dentist such as our Amherst NH practice to see Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards.
Although baby teeth are a universal milestone with kids, there is a lot you might know about these primary teeth.
Fun and Important Facts About Baby Teeth
- One in 3,000 babies is born with one or more teeth. In many cases, if these teeth are loose or cause feeding problems, they might need to be removed.
- A child’s first tooth usually comes in between the ages of 6-12 months. This is a good time to schedule that first dental appointment. Parents can clean these first teeth with an extra soft toothbrush made just for babies. Parents should also help prevent cavities by only putting formula, milk, and breastmilk in bottles. It’s best to avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle.
- A child’s first adult tooth—also called permanent tooth—comes in around the age of six years.
- Nearly half of all children will develop cavities in their baby teeth. It’s crucial to fill these cavities to protect the health of the permanent teeth that are still below the gum line.
- About 15 percent of kids will suck their thumbs past the age of five. This can contribute to permanent damage to their adult teeth.
Call a Kid’s Dentist in Amherst, NH
Don’t put off your child’s first trip to the dentist. Dr. Edwards and his team are kind and gentle with children because want their experience to be a positive one that will set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. Call us today to make an appointment!