Dental Milestones in Your Child’s Life
As a parent, you may have questions or concerns about your child’s dental progress. When should the first tooth erupt? How long does teething last? When do permanent teeth begin to come in? These questions are normal, and we will try to outline some of the biggest milestones in a child’s dental health, so you know what to expect.
The First Tooth – This occurs between 4 and 12 months depending on the child.
The First Dental Visit – This should be scheduled as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts or by age 1 at the latest.
Teething – This begins when the first tooth erupts and may continue until baby teeth are completely grown in (molars are completed at about 32 months of age).
Losing Primary Teeth – This can vary widely from child to child. Some lose their first tooth as early as age 5. In some cases, a child may be 9 before losing primary teeth. The process should be completed by age 12 or 13.
More Questions and Concerns About Children’s Teeth
You may have questions about additional matters that are not addressed here, or you may find that your child’s dental milestones don’t match up with the list above. Schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists to learn more in a one-on-one setting. This will allow you to express all of your concerns and have your questions answered by a qualified professional. And don’t forget to schedule your child’s next exam and cleaning. Call 619-741-1500 to get started.