It is simple to tell baby teeth from permanent teeth, especially if you know what to look for. Most children get their first baby teeth around six to 10 months.
The first two teeth that most children get are called the central incisors, which are the two bottom front teeth. By the time a child is two and a half to three years old, all 20 of their baby teeth have usually come in.
There are several ways you can tell the difference between baby teeth and permanent teeth, including:
Color: Baby teeth are usually whiter than permanent teeth.
Rough edges: Baby teeth are smooth on the bottom and permanent teeth have a jagged bottom edge. The jagged edge of new permanent teeth are called mamelons. Mamelons help a child’s permanent teeth break through their gums easier.
Number of teeth: A child has 20 baby teeth, which include:
As children grow older, they will have 32 permanent teeth, including:
Just because baby teeth are temporary, does not mean they are not important. Baby teeth act as placeholders for adult teeth. Without a healthy set of baby teeth, your child could have trouble chewing or speaking.
It is recommended that you begin taking care of your baby’s gums before his or her first tooth ever pokes through. To do this, gently wipe your baby’s gums with a soft wash cloth at least two times a day, especially after feedings and before bedtime.
Once your child gets his or her first tooth, you can begin using a soft toothbrush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Your child should have a first dentist visit by the time he or she is one year old.
Kool Smiles provides a fun and friendly environment for children and parents seeking quality dental care. We accept Medicaid, TRICARE, and most insurance plans. Call us today or find a Kool Smiles near you to make an appointment.
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