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What to Expect from Baby Teeth

Do you know why baby teeth are as important as they are? Did you know that baby teeth:

  • Keep space open for permanent teeth
  • Support facial structure
  • Help children learn to speak clearly
  • Support good nutrition because children will sometimes reject food when it is too hard to chew

For these reasons, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your dentist six months after their first tooth comes in, typically at about a year. However, even before the first tooth comes in, we recommend washing their gums softly with a damp cloth. Similarly, we recommend brushing their teeth, without toothpaste, once their first tooth erupts.

But, as important as your baby teeth are, there comes a time when they need to be removed. In fact, you can expect your child to lose their first baby tooth when they are about six years old.

Sometimes, your child’s baby teeth will fall out on their own, but on other occasions, a parent or dentist may need to intervene. However, if you have to pull a tooth out, please be careful. When your child’s tooth starts getting lose, their adult tooth is growing. This means that the roots of the primary tooth are being reabsorbed, leaving it without roots. That means that once the adult tooth is ready to erupt, only a little tissue will be holding the baby tooth in place. When this happens, pulling your little one’s tooth is usually painless.  However, if pull too hard or too early, the root might not be gone yet. Pulling while the root is still intact can cause discomfort.

Do you have more questions about caring for—or removing—your child’s baby tooth? If so, please feel free to contact us today. We’re excited to hear from you soon.