A guide to baby teethBaby teeth, also known as deciduous, primary, milk, or lacteal teeth, are a set of 20 teeth that will be in your child’s mouth for most of their childhood. Although baby teeth usually emerge at around 6 months, they begin forming in the womb as early as 16 weeks. By age 3, children should have all 20 of their baby teeth. By age 13, all their permanent teeth (except for wisdom teeth) will have come in.
Why baby teeth matterYour child’s primary teeth play a crucial role in their life. They may only be around for the first few years, but they set the stage for dental health and proper development in the future. Here’s what Dr. Kitts would like every Edmonds parent to know about primary teeth:
- They make chewing possible so that babies can learn to eat solid food.
- They help kids learn to speak quickly and clearly.
- They save space for permanent teeth as children’s mouths grow.
- They help kids learn the importance of oral hygiene.
Taking care of baby teethThe best way to ensure lifelong dental health is to teach your kids about oral hygiene with consistent, but fun routines. Brush their teeth twice a day and floss them at least once a day. Most importantly, make sure to visit us when your baby’s first teeth emerge, and then twice a year after that for regular checkups and cleanings. At Soundview Family Dental, we love to help Edmonds families maintain great oral health and wellness, so please contact us if you have any questions. The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.