It can be difficult to know what to expect when babies begin the teething process, especially for first time parents. Typically the first teeth to erupt are the two front teeth on the bottom jaw followed by the four front teeth on the upper jaw. This process will likely start when your child is roughly six to eight months old. Baby teeth tend to come in pairs along the sides of the jaw until they have all erupted. When your child is roughly two and half years old they should have all twenty of their baby teeth fully grown in. The process of teething can be uncomfortable for your child so it is important to know what to expect.
Around the ages of five and six are typically when children will start to have their first adult teeth grow in. Some adult teeth will permanently replace baby teeth and some will not. It is important to remember that all children are different and therefore all teeth do not grow in the same way or at the same time. So if your child’s teeth come in a bit later or earlier it is not necessarily cause for alarm.
Baby teeth are of vital importance for your child’s development and well being. They hold space for permanent teeth to grow in later. They are also essential for chewing biting, general appearance and even speech. This is why it establishing good dental hygiene and diet is critical for your child’s dental health.
Martindale Dental provides both general and specialty dentistry under one roof. For more than 20 years, our dentists have been advocates for their patients oral health care needs. Our dental offices are conveniently located in Toronto, North York, St Catharines, North York, Burlington, Milton East and Milton West, Ontario. We offer convenient before & after work and weekend appointments.