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Dental Milestones Your Child Should Reach

December 31, 2021 5:16 am
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Childhood is a busy time with lots of emotional and physical changes. That includes tooth development! While every child is a bit different, there’s an average timeframe for changes like getting a first tooth and losing baby teeth. Here are the pediatric dental milestones you can expect your child to reach:

6 Months to 1 Year

Most children get their first tooth when they’re around six months old, but some get teeth earlier or later. A child should see a pediatric dentist soon after their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.

3 years

When a child turns 3, Dr. Beauchamp and our team are ready to see them! Most kids have a full set of 20 baby teeth by this age. It’s important to teach your child good brushing and flossing habits. While baby teeth eventually fall out, their health has a big impact on your child’s future adult teeth. Their baby teeth will also help them learn how to communicate and eat with confidence.

6 years

Baby teeth usually start falling out around this age. You can expect this process to continue for several years as their underlying adult teeth erupt. Please keep up with regular dentist appointments to protect your child’s oral health and to catch any alignment issues.

12-13 years

By this time, most kids have lost all their baby teeth and now have a full set of 28 adult teeth. Ideally, these teeth will last your child the rest of their life! Daily brushing and flossing, a balanced dit, and routine visits to the dentist will promote a healthy and strong smile.

Pediatric dentistry at Wedington Family Dental in Fayetteville, AR

Teaching your kids good habits and bringing them to the dentist sets them up for a lifetime of great oral health. Wedington Family Dental is happy to serve patients of all ages (starting at age 3) whether they need preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry. If you have any questions about your child’s tooth development or want to set up an appointment at our office, please contact us today!

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