How much do you know about your baby’s teeth? Affinity Dental is here with some further information about pediatric dentistry to help you better understand your baby’s “milk teeth.”
What Are Milk Teeth?
When your baby is born, they will have a full gummy smile. Normally between the ages of six and 12 months, your baby will begin to develop visible teeth. These teeth are called “milk teeth,” which you may be used to referring to as “baby teeth.” You child will generally have a full set of 20 milk teeth by the time they are 3 to 4 years old.
“They’re Going to Fall Out Anyways”
Surprisingly, there are parents out there who think that because milk teeth are “going to fall out anyways,” they do not require the same attention and care as permanent, adult teeth. This is a misconception. While these teeth are not permanent, they are still susceptible to cavities and infections that can be painful to your child. For example, when your baby falls asleep while feeding, the last mouthful of milk is rarely swallowed – leaving the milk (breast or bottle) to pool around your baby’s milk teeth and cause decay.
When to Start Caring For Milk Teeth
Your child’s first dental visit should be scheduled when the first milk tooth breaks through, or at the latest, the age of 12 months. At that visit, your dentist can advise you on how to properly care for your child’s milk teeth based on their infant feeding habits. Two dental check-ups a year is recommended. At home, you should wipe your baby’s gum pads and clean teeth with a damp cloth – later introducing a soft, baby toothbrush.
When Do Milk Teeth Fall Out?
Milk teeth fall out when the permanent teeth below are ready to break through. Usually, the front teeth fall out first around the age of six-years-old. Following the first shedding of milk teeth, your child will likely lose two to four milk teeth in the coming years. The milk molars are usually the last to shed, falling out between the ages of 10 and 13 years. By 14-years-old, most people have a full set of 32 adult teeth. Later, usually between ages 17 and 21 years, wisdom teeth form.
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