All twenty primary or “baby” teeth come in by the time your child is two or three years old. Beginning with the front teeth on both top and bottom (central incisors) coming in as early as 6 months old, the rest of the teeth should come in in succession from front to back with the second molars coming in between 20 and 33 months old. During this time of “teething”, your child may experience pain as the teeth push through the gums. Too soothe this pain you can:
- rub the gums with a clean finger
- rub the gums with the back of a small, cool spoon
- If your child is still unhappy, your dentist, pharmacist or doctor can suggest an over-the-counter medicine to ease the pain.
Avoid using teething biscuits (as they may have added or hidden sugars) and painkillers that are rubbed on the gums as your child may swallow it. Do not ignore a fever as a simply symptom of teething. If your child has a fever, check with your doctor.
The first adult or permanent teeth come in around age six or seven. They are known as the “first molars” or “six-year molars”. As these come in at the back of the mouth, behind the last primary teeth, they do not replace any primary teeth.
Around this age, children will also start to lose primary teeth. The primary teeth will slowly get weak at the root and eventually fall out. Children lose primary teeth until approximately the age of 12. If a tooth is loose it is okay to wiggle it but force should never be used to pull a tooth before it is ready to come out. When a tooth is truly ready to fall out there will be very little bleeding, and only a clean tooth for your child to leave under their pillow for the “Tooth Fairy.”
If you have any questions about your child’s tooth development you can call us at (647) 794-1108.