Usually, your baby’s first primary tooth will erupt when they are about six months old. Typically, by the time your child is two and a half years old, he or she will have a full set (about twenty) primary teeth. These teeth are extremely important because they:
- Keep space open for permanent teeth
- Support facial structure
- Help children learn to speak clearly. If there are holes in a smile or missing teeth, it can be much more difficult to correctly form certain sound and words.
- Support good nutrition because children will sometimes reject food when it is too hard to chew
But, as important as your baby teeth are, there comes a time when they need to be removed. In fact, you can expect your child to lose their first baby tooth when they are about six years old.
Sometimes, your child’s baby teeth will fall out on their own, but on other occasions, a parent or dentist may need to intervene. However, if you have to pull a tooth out, please be careful. When your child’s tooth starts getting lose, their adult tooth is growing. This means that the roots of the primary tooth are being reabsorbed, leaving it without roots. That means that once the adult tooth is ready to erupt, only a little tissue will be holding the baby tooth in place. When this happens, pulling your little one’s tooth is usually painless. However, if pull too hard or too early, the root might not be gone yet. Pulling while the root is still intact can cause discomfort.
Do you have any other questions? Are you worried about you little one’s teeth? Would you like to schedule his or her first appointment with us? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us soon. We’ll be happy to answer any question you might have.