What Parents Need to Know about Permanent Teeth

As a parent, you will soon see your child begin to lose their baby teeth and the permanent teeth will appear. As your child loses teeth, they are reaching important milestones in their growth and development. It is important to learn as much as you can about permanent teeth, so you know what to expect and can ensure that your child is provided the dental care needed for quality overall oral health.

Primary Teeth to Permanent Teeth

The baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, will begin to come in at six months of age. Teeth will continue to come in until age 2 or 3. The baby teeth will then be replaced by permanent teeth, around the age of five. As the child ages, the teeth will continue to fall out and be replaced by permanent teeth. Children are born with 20 primary teeth and then these teeth are replaced by 32 permanent teeth.

Children will begin to lose baby teeth as the permanent teeth come in. The majority of permanent teeth will be in by age 12 or 13. Such teeth will include the four front teeth on the top and bottom as well as canine teeth and molars. The last teeth to come in are the wisdom teeth. These teeth will begin to erupt by 17 to 21 years of age.

Overall, it is essential to have your child’s teeth reviewed by a dentist twice a year, every six months. During these checkups, the dentist can ensure the baby teeth are falling out and permanent teeth have room to come in. During these checkups, any issues can be taken care of, including removing any teeth or dealing with decay, such as cavities.

At Winn Family Dentistry, children’s services are available to help parents, helping to ensure that proper dental care is provided. This way, kid’s start on the right track for oral health.