As a parent, it can be tough to keep track of all the important phases of your child’s growth. Find out more about the three main stages of development for your child’s teeth.
The First Stage: Baby Teeth
Every person is born with 20 baby teeth. Typically, the teeth may begin to appear around 6 months of age, although some babies pop a tooth through their gums a little earlier or later. The process of the tooth erupting through the gumline can be very painful for babies; the discomfort is a new sensation for them, and they may be frustrated by it and cry more easily.
Various symptoms can show up when any of the baby teeth are pushing through. Some babies drool more, rub their faces, or try to bite or suck on objects to soothe the soreness of their gums. Others may have swelling and redness around the area where the tooth is coming in.
If you have a baby whose teeth are coming in, ask your doctor or your dentist in Singapore about the correct type and dosage of oral pain reliever for the little one. You can also purchase small tubes of numbing gel to rub on the baby’s gums to soothe the pain. Some parents claim that amber teething necklaces provide relief as well.
Baby teeth are small, rounded, and white. They usually have larger gaps between them than adult teeth would have. This may concern some parents, but it is actually a good thing. When the larger grownup teeth come in, they will fill in those extra spaces.
The Second Stage: Loss of Baby Teeth
A child’s baby teeth typically fall out in the same order that they arrived. Often, the bottom front teeth are the first to go. The two top front teeth often fall out next.
The first tooth usually comes out around age 6 or 7, although some children may lose their first tooth as early as age 4 or 5.
If you’re concerned that your child may be losing baby teeth too early, you can take him or her to visit your dentist, who will advise you accordingly.
If the baby teeth are being pushed out, it means that the adult teeth are moving into place. However, in some rare cases, the teeth may fall out early because of disease or an accident.
Brush your child’s teeth morning and evening with fluoride-free toothpaste twice a day until the child can spit properly, and then switch to fluoride toothpaste. Teaching your child correct brushing techniques and supervising the brushing process can help prevent cavities and disease.
The Third Stage: Growth of Adult Teeth
Losing the baby teeth and gaining the adult teeth can take years. For some, all the adult teeth don’t come in until between the ages of 17 and 21. The last ones to come in are typically the back molars or wisdom teeth.
When most of the adult teeth are in, between the ages of 8 and 14, your Singapore dentist can check your child’s mouth to see if he or she has enough space available. The dentist can identify gaps, problems with the bite, crookedness, and other issues. During the early teen years, braces or Invisalign are helpful ways to straighten out those issues.
If you suspect that your child has an overly large gap, a faulty bite, or other problems, make an appointment with a skilled dentist at Orchard Scotts Dental. You’ll get a full evaluation, assessment, and recommendation for future treatment so your child can have a beautiful, comfortable smile.