Basic Facts About Your Child’s Teeth


July 18, 2019

Did you know that your child’s teeth begin forming before they are even born?

This article was written by Adelaide Quality Dental’s own Oral Health Therapist, Olivia.

Did you know that your child’s teeth begin forming before they are even born?

You can expect the first baby tooth to come through the gum (also known as primary teeth) as early as four months old. For most children all 20 baby teeth are generally present by the age of three.

However, don’t be alarmed if this is not the case with your child, as the timing and sequence of tooth eruption (eruption is dental speak for the tooth growing out of the gum) may vary as is often the case with adult teeth as well.

A mixture of baby and adult teeth.

In most cases a child’s first adult tooth will begin to appear around their 6th birthday. Naturally as their adult teeth appear then it is also this age (approximately) that your child will also begin to lose their baby teeth.

This is known as the “mixed dentition” stage and will continue until the child is approximately 13 years of age (excluding their wisdom teeth), by which point all their adult teeth will be present.

Why is it important to look after my child’s baby teeth?

Some of you may be thinking, “Well if my child is only going to lose their baby teeth – why is it so important to look after them?”

Well here are our top 5 reasons to take good care of your child’s baby teeth:

  1. You want your child to begin to develop appropriate and healthy oral hygiene habits and routines from an early age, so that they understand the importance of looking after their teeth and take these lessons forward with their adult teeth.
  2. Decay (also referred to as caries) is a disease. It can cause infection if left untreated, which can in turn cause further health complications.
  3. Early Childhood Caries (defined as the presence of one or more decayed primary teeth in a child aged 6 years or younger) is still considered the single most common chronic disease of childhood.
  4. Early Childhood Caries can cause long term growth and developmental implications, with the potential to influence a child’s growth rate, body weight and ability to thrive.
  5. Research has shown that decay in adult teeth is more likely to occur if the child experienced decay in their baby teeth.

What age should my child have their first dental check-up?

It is highly recommended that your child visit the dentist by their first birthday. This may be a surprise to many who feel this is too young. So why should your child have their first dental check-up so early on in life?

If you would like to know more about looking after your children’s dental health or are looking for a childrens dentist in Adelaide then we invite you to book a consultation with us. At your kid’s dental check up we can discuss their dental health with you and them to ensure you are all on ‘the same dental page’.

Call us on (08) 8346 3940 or get in touch via our contact form.

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