Did you know teeth start growing in a baby’s jaw during pregnancy? While they are not visible at birth, primary teeth are very much present in a baby.
Beneath that cute little toothless smile are the buds of the baby or primary teeth.
I know this because as a single dad, I had to use my Spectrum internet connection to research everything about babies when my daughter was growing up.
In this blog, I hope to help young or new parents understand their baby’s teething process.
As I already said, baby teeth are present in the early stages of a pregnancy.
When a child is born, the teeth buds are hidden beneath the gums. As the baby grows, teeth begin to form around these buds using calcium from the baby’s diet.
This calcium deposits and hardens in rings around the buds, slowly emerging from the gums. The process of primary teeth coming out is known as eruption.
Around six months of age, a baby’s primary teeth begin to come out or erupt. Usually, the first teeth to erupt are the incisors located at the front and center of the jaws.
This is followed by the first molars, then canines and then the second molars. In total, a child has 20 teeth. These teeth usually keep appearing until the child is nearly three years old.
I would advise taking your child to a pediatric dentist before then. This is to help you know if the teeth are okay and also to get your child used to Best dentists.
Baby teeth or primary teeth operate as placeholders for permanent teeth. They also help develop the oral cavity structure in a child.
In due course, the roots of the primary teeth begin to dissolve. Don’t panic, it’s perfectly natural. Eventually, the primary teeth will begin falling out and make room for permanent teeth as the child grows.
Permanent teeth are the teeth that start growing once the baby teeth roots dissolve and they fall out. There are 32 permanent teeth in an adult human being.
The first ones to come are the six year molars. Then come the incisors and canines. These are closely followed by the cusped teeth, the second molars and finally the third molars.
Third molars are also known as wisdom teeth. Permanent teeth develop from the tooth buds of the baby teeth. They start coming in children when they’re aged six or seven, usually.
They continue coming out till a person reaches his or her early twenties.
As I mentioned above, wisdom teeth are the third molars, usually the last permanent teeth to develop. Sometimes, the shape of the jaw is not long enough, with less room for wisdom teeth to erupt.
In many documented cases, wisdom teeth to not erupt at all. More commonly, they erupt in the wrong direction to the sides, or even partially erupt in some cases.
In such instances, these wisdom teeth will have to be removed by the dentist. This is because they can’t be cared for properly due to their imperfect growth and are a dental disaster waiting to happen.
Improperly aligned wisdom teeth are an invitation to harmful bacterial growth and can cause complications if they go untreated.
The thing about children is that they’re restless and tend to dislike chores, even if they are related to personal hygiene. My daughter would brush her teeth twice a day only if I were observing in the morning and at bedtime.
If it weren’t for my constant vigilance, she probably would have ended up with a host of dental problems. The point I’m trying to make here is that as parents, we have to reinforce dental hygiene on our children at early ages.
Some good lessons to reinforce are brushing twice a day, flossing daily and cutting down on sugary drinks like sodas or juices.
Also, get them accustomed to regular visits to the dentist. Sometimes children form a phobia of dental clinics with all the injections and clinical instruments that poke into their mouth.
As a parent, you are responsible for helping your child getting over this fear of dentists. Proper dental hygiene will probably save you many trips to the dentist.
But for the rare cases when you do need a dentist appointment, your child should be accustomed to a dental clinic environment.
Luckily, for me, my pediatric dentist has a very child-centric clinic. It has coloring books, stuffed toys and even Spectrum internet connectivity to watch kids content.
Obviously, the clinic is enough to put any child at ease. However, it is still important to get your kids used to dentist appointments. Don’t let those pearly whites get ruined!
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