Did you know that your child’s baby teeth are just as important as his permanent teeth? Although your child’s baby teeth will gradually be replaced by permanent teeth, they help your child speak and chew, and also hold space for the permanent teeth growing under the gums.

Taking proper care of baby teeth is important if you want your child to have a healthy smile as an adult. You should bring your child to the dentist shortly after his first tooth appears, and no later than 1 year of age. If you’re in Albuquerque, NM, take your child to see Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS. Dr. Luffey has been a family dentist for more than 20 years and can ensure your child enjoys a healthy smile for life.

Are your child’s baby teeth coming in? If you have questions, Dr. Luffey explains the basics of what to expect when your child’s baby teeth come in below. You’ll also learn what to expect once baby teeth fall out and to be replaced by permanent teeth. If you have any more questions about baby teeth, contact our Albuquerque family dentist at 505-294-4700.

When Do Baby Teeth Start Coming In?

Your child’s baby teeth will begin to appear as early as 3 months of age. Baby teeth really start coming in around 6 months of age. Most children have all 20 primary teeth by age 3.

How Can I Alleviate Teething Pain?

Your child’s teeth may feel sore when baby teeth come through, but there are a few tricks you can do to alleviate teething pain. You can gently rub your child’s gums with a cool spoon and stick with feeding your child cold foods like applesauce and yogurt. Chewing can also help alleviate pain—a cool washcloth or rubber teething ring will work well.

When Can My Child Brush On Their Own?

Most children may need help brushing until the ages of 7 to 10. By supervising your child’s brushing, you’ll help to prevent cavities that require tooth-colored dental fillings to repair.

When Will My Child Begin Losing Baby Teeth?

Baby teeth loosen as their roots dissolve, clearing the way for permanent teeth around the age of 6. The incisors (front teeth) are the first to go. The molars in the back fall out next, usually between the ages of 10 and 12.

Some children begin losing baby teeth as early as 4 years old; for others, teeth do not begin to fall out until the age of 8. It usually isn’t a problem, but by keeping regular appointments with your family dentist, you’ll ensure that all of the teeth are under the gums.

Is it Ok to Pull a Loose Tooth?

It’s better to let your child’s baby teeth fall out naturally rather than pull it out. If you pull a tooth before it’s ready, the root may break and become infected, causing bleeding and pain. It’s ok for your child to wriggle the loose tooth to encourage it out on its own. If the tooth feels extremely loose, you can take a tissue and try to twist the tooth. If the root is dissolved, the tooth will come out easily. Don’t force it by yanking the tooth out—you want the root to be completely dissolved before the tooth comes out.

How Long Until My Child has Permanent Teeth?

Most children have all of their permanent teeth by the age of 13.

Dental Checkups With An Albuquerque Family Dentist

Dr. Luffey recommends scheduling a dental checkup for your child twice per year. During a checkup, your child will receive x-rays and a teeth cleaning, two important tools in preventing tooth decay and other oral health problems.

Ensure your child enjoys a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles by calling Dr. Luffey, an Albuquerque family dentist, at 505-294-4700 today!

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