Your child should begin visiting the dentist at about the time his or her teeth begin to erupt. This will allow Dr. Samuel Yee DDS to monitor your child’s oral health as their teeth and jaws grow and develop. For more information, and to make your child’s appointment at Samuel Yee DDS INC, call our practice today at 949-831-3111.
Primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt between the ages of 6 months and 1 year. By the age of 3, most children have a full set of twenty baby teeth. Generally, the first teeth to emerge are the central incisors on both the upper and lower jaw (the very front teeth). The next teeth are usually the lateral incisors, which are the teeth next to the central incisors. Molars begin to emerge between the ages of 13-19 months, followed by the canine teeth (16-23 months). The second molars complete your child’s set of primary teeth.
Primary teeth play an important role in facilitating speech, proper jaw development, and good chewing habits. They also hold the places of the permanent teeth, helping to ensure proper spacing and alignment when those teeth begin to erupt.
We recommend that you clean the teeth very gently with a soft cloth when they begin erupting. This will help reduce the risk of bacterial infection. You should brush and floss your child’s teeth for them until about age 7, by which time he or she will have developed enough motor skills to reach all areas of their own mouth.
For more information on the eruption of your child’s primary teeth and how to properly care for your child’s teeth as they emerge, contact our practice today.