Maintaining Healthy Primary Teeth (Children)

Why Are The Primary Teeth Important?

It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which effect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for proper chewing and eating, providing space for permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position and permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. Primary teeth also affect the development of speech and add to an attractive appearance. While the front 4 teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth aren’t replaced until age 10-13.

Eruption Of Your Child’s Teeth.

Children’s teeth begin formatting before birth. As early as 4 months, the first primary or baby teeth teeth to erupt through the gums are lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 primary teeth usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies.

Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until approximately 21.

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