Baby Teeth 101

Baby Teeth 101 – What You Need to Know

Many parents have questions about baby teeth and when to bring their children in to see a dentist. In this article, we are going to provide a primer on baby teeth – when you should expect them to come in, fall out, and how to care for your child’s teeth.

When Do Baby Teeth Come In?

Babies are born with twenty primary teeth present in the jawline. As they begin to grow, these baby teeth will start poking out. Baby teeth typically begin to appear when the child is 6 months to 1 year old, and many babies have a full set up baby teeth by age 3. The order in which baby teeth come in varies, but in general the first teeth to come in will be the front teeth at the top and bottom. All that being said, every baby is different. Some may get their teeth much faster than others.

When to Bring Your Baby in to See the Dentist

One of the most common questions we get from parents is: “when should I start bringing my child in to see the dentist?” This is a great question, that (again) varies per patient. A good general rule of thumb is to first bring your child in to the dentist after their first tooth comes in but before their first birthday. Starting dental care at a young age is a great way to instill positive oral health habits and set a path for healthy teeth as your child grows.

Bloomington Dentist’s Office

The dental health professionals at Smiles for Life provide family and cosmetic dentistry care to patients in Bloomington, Farmington, and the surrounding areas of Minnesota. Whether you’ve got a tooth ache or you just need to schedule a regular checkup and cleaning, we will provide you with unparalleled care and service. Dr. Tim Brooks has the skills and experience to address your dental health needs. Contact us today to set up your appointment at one of our Smiles for Life Dental Clinic (located in Bloomington MN).