If your child is one or approaching their first birthday, you may wonder how many baby teeth they should have. This is a very common question we hear from parents. While every child is different and some develop faster or slower than others, most have between two and four teeth by the time they’re one year old.
Eventually, at around age two and a half, most children will have all of their 20 baby teeth. At this point, your child will likely be able to chew on food. Prior to it, however, they’ll have to rely on their gums to eat soft, mushy foods. When your child turns 6 or 7, their first baby tooth will likely fall out so that their adult or permanent teeth can grow in. You can expect their last permanent teeth to make their debut around age 12. Midlothian, VA dentist Dr. Brent Rusnak encourages all parents to contact a medical professional if they have questions.
To make sure your child’s oral health is on track, it’s a good idea to bring them to the pediatric dentist for routine exams and cleanings. You should begin to do this when they turn one or get their first tooth, whichever event comes first. Once you do, our dental team will inform you of what’s normal for their age and address any issues that may arise to reduce the risk of long-term complications. In addition, they may help your child develop healthy oral habits so they can achieve and maintain a beautiful smile.
We’ll ask that you brush your child’s teeth regularly until they’re able to do so on their own. Our dentists will also suggest that you promote foods and drinks that are low in sugar and avoid serving juice in bottles to prevent cavities.
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If you’d like to schedule an appointment at our office, we encourage you to call us at (919) 570-0180. We look forward to meeting you and your child!