The primary teeth, also known as the baby teeth, are the first set of teeth your child will have. It is important to take care of the baby teeth, as they serve as placeholders for the permanent teeth. They keep the spacing intact so that the permanent teeth can grow in successfully, without crowding.
Vogue Dental Care suggests that you bring your children in for regular dental appointments so that the family dentist can monitor the growth and the health of your children’s teeth. It is important to keep the baby teeth healthy, as it could lead to crooked teeth and jaw problems if they fall out prematurely.
Growth of the Baby Teeth
Primary teeth have a specific life cycle. They grow and they shed in a specific order so that the permanent teeth grow in evenly.
Children may expect to cut their first tooth in their infancy. The average is at six months old, when the lower incisors begin to grow. Baby teeth tend to grow in pairs, so expect two lower incisor teeth to erupt at this time.
This is followed by the central and lateral incisors, also known as the four front teeth at 8-12 months of age. The molars are usually the last to come in, as they are large and relatively flat. Molars begin to grow when your child is one to three years old.
Expect your baby to be irritable and fussy during this time, as teething molars can be very painful.
Shedding the Baby Teeth
Since children grow at a tremendous rate compared to adults, their jaw and their skull are usually still too small to accommodate the permanent teeth. Expect your child to have a complete set of baby teeth by the age of two to three years old. They will keep their teeth for several years, until the teeth begin falling out between six to seven years old. Teeth fall out in a similar order to when they come in. The central incisors are the first to go.
The life cycle of the primary teeth may be a short one, but it plays an important role in the lifelong health of the permanent teeth.