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Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Primary Teeth

Teeth begin developing in the fetus at about 6 weeks of age. This is when the basic substance of the tooth forms. After the child is born, though their gums appear bare, the crowns of each primary tooth are hiding just below the surface. At approximately 6 months – tiny teeth known as primary teeth begin to erupt from their gums. The first teeth to erupt are usually the lower and upper middle teeth, called the central incisors. Once those are in place, parents will begin to notice more teeth emerging every few months until all 20 primary teeth are in place around age 3. Eventually those 20 teeth will be replaced by 32 permanent teeth.

It is important to care for these primary teeth diligently the same way adults care for their permanent teeth. These primary teeth are similar to ‘training wheels’ on a bicycle. The jaw starts to expand at age 4, to make room for permanent teeth which begin to emerge at approximately age 6. Surprising, the majority of jaw growth and development has occurred by age 7.

For more information please contact the office of Brent J. Porter D.D.S., Santa Cruz Children’s Dentist (831) 459-9802

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