Childhood Dental Development
What is the difference between a Baby Tooth
(deciduous) and an Adult Tooth?
Baby Tooth Anatomy
Childhood Tooth Development By Age
How Does a Cavity Form?
Common Development FAQs
* When should my child have their 1st visit to the dentist?
Typically, a child will get their first tooth by 6 months of age. See our chart above for a more detailed tooth eruption schedule by age.
*What age should my child have their first tooth?
Normally the first tooth erupts around the ages of 6-12 months. Gums are sore, tender, and sometimes irritable until the age of 3. To help soothe the discomfort you can rub the area with the back of a cold spoon or a cold damp cloth. You can also use your finger to rub the gums, just make sure that your hands are clean to avoid introducing bacteria or viruses to your child which may possibly cause infection and fever.
*When should I switch my child to fluoride toothpaste?
We like children to start using a kids fluoride toothpaste starting at age two. However, it is important tokeep in mind that at this age children have still not learned how to spit out the toothpaste. Due to this, we recommend that at this age the parent uses a smear or small (grain of rice size) amount of toothpaste on the brush. Parents may also find it helpful to use a gauze or damp cloth to wipe the child's mouth after they brush.
*What age should my child see an orthodontist?
As per the American Association of Orthodontists guidelines it is recommended that your child be seen at age seven. Children typically have a mixture of baby teeth and adult teeth making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems earlier and without major surgery.
What oral habits could be concerning for my child's dental development?
Thumb sucking, chronic pacifier use, and other oral habits tend to be common among children early on in life. Parents are encouraged to remind children to stop when they see them displaying these habits. Long-term habits can lead to irreversible damage to the developing teeth and surrounding bones. If your child has a problem breaking a habit or if you have noticed a change in their bite you should contact a pediatric dentist to have him/her evaluated for treatment.
Bruxing (tooth grinding) Nocturnal bruxing, or tooth grinding, is an unconscious reflex that occurs mainly at night while the child is sleeping. Many times this habit goes on without the parent or child knowing of its existence until later when the parent starts to hear the child grinding away while the child is asleep. There is no specific cause for bruxing but many professionals believe that it is caused by possible stress at home or at school. While many children tend to show signs of bruxing, most outgrow this habit well before their permanent teeth grow in and any damage is done. Bruxers who continue with the habit long term can develop tooth wear, in which case a night guard would be recommended.