A Wonderful Blend of Preventative Dentistry and Braces.
Shortly after children are born – 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, eventually, all 20 primary teeth are in place by age 3. Though the primary teeth are only around for a few years, it is important to care for them diligently the same way adults care for permanent teeth.
The jaw starts to expand at age 4, to make room for permanent teeth which begin to emerge at approximately age 6. Many children only gain new incisors and a first molar until ages 10 – 13, then canines and additional molars begin to emerge. A final molar, sometimes referred to as a wisdom tooth, emerges in late adolescence to early adulthood.
Did you know, that children are born with teeth? Though their gums appear bare at birth, the crowns of each primary tooth are hiding just below the surface. There are 20 primary teeth altogether, which are eventually replaced by 32 permanent ones. Until then, “baby teeth” help children learn to chew and communicate; not to mention, they make great "practice" teeth for the adult years.
Should I have my child's teeth examined as they erupt from the gums?
Yes. A visit to Brent J. Porter, D.D.S., your Santa Cruz Pediatric Dentist, when his or her first tooth erupts is recommended. After that, visits can be every six months for check-ups and cleanings, or more frequently, if needed to remain cavity free!
For more information please contact the office of Brent J. Porter D.D.S., Santa Cruz Children’s Dentist (831) 459-9802