Primary teeth – also known as “baby teeth” – are the teeth that children have during early childhood. Although they eventually fall out to make room for permanent teeth, primary teeth serve important purposes and should be cared for the same way adult teeth are. It is important to take steps to prevent tooth decay so that children can effectively chew their food, develop clear speech, and maintain a normal appearance until permanent teeth erupt.
Did you know…
that primary teeth nearly always erupt from the gums in pairs? Although every Santa Cruz child is different, the majority of toddlers have all 20 of their primary teeth in place between their second and third birthdays. Usually, the central incisor teeth are the first to appear, followed by lateral incisors, first molars, canines, and second molars. Healthy primary teeth remain in place until age 6, when they begin falling out in an order similar to which they appeared.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I have my child’s primary teeth examined by a Santa Cruz pediatric dentist?
Yes. If your child has even one tooth, the American Dental Association recommends scheduling his or her first pediatric dental appointment.
What should I expect during my child’s dental exam?
You can expect your child’s Santa Cruz pediatric dentist to examine and clean the teeth, as well as treat them with topical fluoride. If your child’s teeth show signs of decay, they may need to be treated or removed. If permanent molars have begun to appear, your child’s dentist may suggest implementing dental sealants to prevent future decay.
Will I need to follow any special instructions following my child’s exam?
Yes. It is important that you follow good oral care guidelines at home in order to protect primary teeth and provide a healthy foundation for permanent teeth in the future. Supervise your child’s daily brushing habits and do not allow your child to consume sweet beverages without immediately brushing his or her teeth afterward.
To learn more about primary teeth in Santa Cruz, California, call 831-459-9802 today to speak with our team and schedule an appointment at the office of Brent J Porter DDS.