New parents discover quickly that childhood is packed with milestones. From a kid’s first steps, to their first word, to their first tooth! Read on as we highlight a few major dental milestones, and learn when to expect them in your child’s future.
Hello Baby Teeth
It’s common for baby teeth to begin to appear in a child’s mouth between the ages of 6 and 12 months. The front teeth typically begin to erupt first, and the back teeth last. The appearance of the teeth will likely usher in the dreaded teething phase, during which the child will be hit with sore gums. Keep your little one happy with a cool teething ring, or by rubbing the gums. See your dentist or pediatrician if the discomfort persists without relief.
First Dental Visit
Don’t wait for all 20 teeth to fill in before you take your child to his or her first dental visit. According to the American Dental Association, the baby’s first trip to the dentist should be scheduled once the first tooth appears, or by the first birthday. It’s important that young patients get started early so that the dentist can inspect them for any issues and give the parents some tips for at-home dental care for the little one.
A Visit From the Tooth Fairy
By the time teeth start to wiggle, children are often eager and excited to lose their first tooth. The process of losing baby teeth span a range of ages–with some baby teeth hanging on even into adulthood. Normally, children begin losing their teeth around the age of six or seven, and all of the baby teeth will often be gone by 13.
Braces are a huge step for the children who get them, changing the look and feel of their mouth and smile. Out of all of the milestones we’ve listed, this is the only one that might not apply to every child. Many children get braces, but not all do. It’s a big financial decision, and it’s one that’ll be made with the help of your dentist and orthodontist based on your child’s needs. There’s no set age when braces need to happen, it’ll depend on the development of your kid’s smile, among other factors. Plenty of adults get braces or other orthodontic work, too!
Complete Dental Care At Dental Solutions of Avon
Now you know the basics, but when it comes to your child’s dental care there’s always more to learn. Got more questions? Give us a call today, and while you’re at it, make sure we’ve got you penciled in for your next appointment.