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Children Teeth

Children Teeth

Deciduous teeth, or more commonly known as baby teeth, or children teeth, develop as early as the embryo phase of children. Appearance or technically known as "eruption" of these teeth vary with gender and age with different children. But, on the average, the first tooth appears on baby's 6th month. The first tooth that appears is usually one of the two front teeth in the lower jaw. It would then be followed by its pair, on the same jaw. Teeth growth for these baby teeth usually comes in pairs.

After the two lower front teeth, the two upper front teeth would appear, followed by the incisors, then the baby molars. Between your child's second and third birthday, he would have completed his baby teeth, which is composed of 10 lower and 10 upper teeth. It's important to note that every six months, approximately 4 of your child's teeth will erupt. It's best to guide them accordingly, and of course, teach them to take care of their baby teeth. As mentioned above, gender is a factor in teeth eruption. Girls, since their bodies develop much faster than boys, may have their complete baby teeth before their second birthday. As soon as the baby teeth are complete, the results for little girls and boys are pretty much the same.

Children would have their baby teeth until around 6 or 7. This is the time when their baby teeth would be replaced by their permanent teeth, or second teeth. But before they are replaced, at around 4, your child's jaw would be developing and growing. This growth causes some of the teeth of the kids to have spaces in between, specially for little boys since they have generally larger or wider jaws. This is perfectly okay, and there would be no need to give the kids retainers or braces at that early age. The spaces are needed for the eruption of the permanent teeth, which are tougher and bigger than the baby teeth. So, teeth gaps are perfectly normal, as long as they don't show up too little or too wide. By the time your child reaches 8, he/she would have two sets of teeth - some baby teeth, and some permanent.

A common misconception of parents with baby teeth is that, since they're not permanent, they don't need to be taken care of as much. This is a very big mistake! Children teeth need serious care and attention as well. Aside from reserving space for the permanent teeth, they also help your children's speech development. They also aid in giving good nutrition for your kids. And most importantly, decay and infection in baby teeth can cause irrevocable and painful damages to the permanent teeth that are developing beneath them.

Regular brushing greatly helps in taking care of children teeth. Regular check-ups to the dentist are also highly recommended. If you don't have a family dentist yet, check out our list of dentists in the area near you. We have compiled a comprehensive directory with geographical listing to simplify your search for pedodontists, or children dentists.