If you’re a proud new parent, you may be wondering what to expect from dental care during your child’s infancy and toddlerhood. In this part of our blog series, we’ll discuss what you can expect from your child’s birth until the age of 3. Read on, and learn with Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.
In most kids, the first front teeth will come in between the ages of 6-12 months. Teething can be a challenge for parents, but since front teeth are smaller, your child may not be cranky or irritable, or show other signs of teething discomfort when these teeth come in.
Pain and discomfort are more common when the rear teeth come in, which happens around the age of 2 or 3. This is because the molars are much bigger and disrupt the gums more when they emerge.
The AAPD recommends that your little one see a dental professional when their first tooth emerges, or when they turn 1 year old. This is a great time to see us for your child’s first “lap exam.”
During this appointment, you can hold your little one on your lap, and one of our pediatric dentists will examine their mouth, check on their oral health, and answer any questions you may have about their oral development.
This can vary, and some kids may have their final teeth come in a bit later. But in most cases, your child will have all 24 primary or “baby” teeth by the time they’re 3 years old.
They will keep all of these teeth until they’re about 6, when their front baby teeth will fall out and be replaced by adult teeth. Between the ages of 6-12, all of their baby teeth will fall out and their permanent adult teeth will erupt.
Wondering how to care for your child’s mouth when they’re 0-3 years of age? Here are a few quick tips.
If you need a consultation for your infant or toddler in Yardley, Bensalem, Warrington, or Glenside, Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is here to provide your family with the expert care you need. Contact us online now to schedule an appointment and get the dental care our little one needs for a healthy mouth as they grow!