What Parents Need to Know About the Baby Teeth

Parents get excited to see a baby cut their first teeth. When they get their first set of teeth, it changes the way they speak, eat, and even smile. As soon as they begin to cut their new teeth, it’s time to start thinking about tooth care. As crazy as it sounds, tooth decay can start on baby teeth as soon as they appear. Parents need to start helping children develop good oral hygiene routines that they can continue for their lifetime. Here are some tips to help keep baby teeth healthy and help prevent future dental problems.

Baby Teeth and Good Oral Health

Baby teeth are eventually going to be replaced by permanent, adult teeth. But their first teeth are a critical part of their development. They will help children chew, speak, and smile. But they will also hold the space for their adult teeth. Here are a few facts about baby teeth:

  • A baby is born with 20 primary teeth that cannot yet be seen.
  • Most babies begin teething when they are about 6 months of age and they continue erupting until they are about 3 years old. The first teeth, the incisors or bottom front teeth, usually erupt first.
  • Children between 6 and 12 years of age usually have a combination of baby teeth and adult teeth. Gradually, baby teeth will be replaced by a complete set of 32 adult teeth. They usually start losing baby teeth when they are between 6 and 8 years old. The front teeth usually fall out when the child is between 6 and 8 years old, back teeth do not start being replaced by adult teeth until the child is between 9 and 13.
  • The strong layer protecting the teeth, or enamel, is thinner on baby teeth and thickens on adult teeth. This is why baby teeth are more prone to developing cavities.
  • Baby teeth often have more spaces between them which allow adult teeth room to erupt.

Teeth are of varying sizes and shapes depending on where they are located in the mouth. Having these differences allows the teeth to work together to help with speaking, chewing, and smiling. But they also help give the face its form and shape.

First Teeth Dentist Visit

A child’s first visit to Upper East Side Kids Dentist is a milestone for them. After the first tooth erupts, children should begin regular dental visits, or at least by the time they reach a year old. A pediatric dentist partners with parents to help ensure children have healthy teeth. Children who begin dental care early typically have a lower risk of developing cavities because of preventive care. Dentists can help provide tips on how to take care of children’s teeth. They can also provide care quickly if an issue comes up. After the first visit, children should continue regular dental checkups every 6 months unless the dentist recommends otherwise.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Parents often want to know what to expect during the first visit to the New York dentist office. Here are some of the things the dentist will do.

  • Check the child’s teeth, erupting teeth, and mouth for any issues.
  • Count the visible teeth and help parents plan for future teething.
  • Discuss oral care for children’s teeth, including helping establish a healthy routine for brushing and forming good eating habits.
  • Discuss and perform preventative treatments like sealants or fluoride.


Contact Upper East Side Kids Dentist

Are you a parent of a toddler or small child? Let us help you plan dental care routines and preventative care for your child. Contact Dr. Shiva Basir with any questions you may have about your child’s erupting teeth. 


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