At Russell Anderson Jr. Dentistry in Kennesaw, we recommend parents bring their baby in for a dental checkup as soon as their first tooth comes in, or by their first birthday – whichever comes first. This is in line with the recommendations of the American Dental Association.
Believe it or not, a baby’s twenty primary teeth are already in the jaw at birth, just waiting to come in. Most of these teeth will be in by the time your youngster is three years old.
Also known as baby teeth, the primary teeth are important not only for chewing and smiling, but in speech development. They also act as “placeholders” for the adult teeth that start coming in a little later. One of the reasons why it is so important to keep baby teeth healthy is that when one is lost too early, the adult teeth can actually drift into the extra space and come in crooked.
By the time they’re six to eight years old, children’s mouths are undergoing a big transformation. This is the age that baby teeth begin to fall out, and kids have a mix of baby and adult teeth. The adult teeth, of course, are meant to last a lifetime.
In one of nature’s many impressive acts, baby teeth tend to fall out in the order in which they first appeared. The front teeth typically come in and fall out first, followed by the incisors and molars. This, of course, is only a general rule. There are plenty of exceptions.
By bringing your child in for regular checkups to Russell Anderson Jr. Dentistry in Kennesaw, we can make sure any cavities are treated, and make sure your youngster is doing a good job with brushing. We want your child, and all of our patients, to always have good dental health. Our services include general and family dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!
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