Dental Milestones in Children

Its important for children to visit the dentist every 6 months, and thats because healthy baby teeth lead to healthy adult teeth! Take a look at the major dental milestones in children, and make sure your kiddos’ smiles are on the right track!

– By age 3, children will have all 20 of their baby teeth—10 in the upper jaw, and 10 in the lower jaw.

– At around age 6, children get their first permanent adult tooth. This tooth is one of four 6-year molars or first molars, which will come in behind the baby teeth.

– Around the time they get their first adult tooth, they will lose their first baby tooth, which is usually one of the bottom two front teeth. Baby teeth usually fall out in the order they came in. The last baby tooth will fall out around age 12.

– If a child has tooth crowding or other issues with their bite or jaw, an orthodontic exam around age 7 or 8 may be recommended by your dentist.

– Between the ages of 6 and 12, kids have a mixture of baby teeth and adult teeth in their mouth.

– By age 12 or 13, the second molars will erupt behind the first molars, and children will have a full set of 28 adult teeth.

Every child is different, so speak with your dentist about your child’s individual progress.

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