The first signs of teething in your baby are likely to be irritability, trouble sleeping, and trying to bite or chew on just about everything. Around this time, it’s a good idea to bring your baby in to Just For Kids Dentistry in Las Vegas.
In terms of dentistry and dental health, baby’s first tooth is an important developmental marker. It usually happens around the first birthday. By the age of three, most kids have a full set of baby teeth: twenty in all. Everyone is different, of course, so if your child’s teeth come in a little later there is no cause for alarm.
Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, are important to your child’s health and development. As with adult teeth they’ll get later in life, they help your child to speak and smile, and of course to chew. We can also consider them placeholders for the permanent teeth.
The primary teeth tend to fall out in the order in which they first appeared. It’s usually the front teeth that come out first. The lowers usually get loose and fall out first, followed by the uppers. It starts between the ages of six and seven, although again, this can vary from one child to the next.
The next teeth to come out are the lateral incisors, those sharp teeth used for cutting or gnawing. Once they’re out there is probably going to be a small break in tooth loss. Then, between the ages of nine to twelve, the upper and lower molars fall out. The last of the molars are usually out, replaced by permant teeth, by the early teen years.
At that point, your baby is no longer a baby – although they will always be your baby. At Just For Kids Dentistry in Las Vegas, we specialize in early dental care. Schedule a cleaning and checkup for your child today.