Growth and Development

Some babies are born with teeth already erupting through their tiny gums. Believe it or not, about 1 in twenty thousand babies are born with one or two teeth. Typically, baby teeth come through gums between 6 and 12 months of age.

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ICTeeth recommends bringing your child to a pediatric dentist when those baby teeth appear. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see the dentist by age 1 or 6 months after the first baby tooth erupts.

At the initial visit, one of our pediatric dentists will examine your baby’s mouth and gums from a developmental perspective. Your baby’s first visit to the dentist usually includes a comprehensive examination for abnormal development. Your first visit to ICTeeth will be stress-free and easy. We start by teaching you how to care for your child’s baby teeth and what to watch for as the rest of their teeth come in.

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A Lifetime Smile

A baby’s mouth is small compared to an adult’s, so babies need room for jawbone growth as they develop. While you might not see them yet, permanent teeth form beneath the gums during childhood. Baby teeth act as placeholders, allowing the more prominent permanent teeth to erupt later. A child will typically have all their baby teeth by age two or three.

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Molar Development

The term “molar” can refer to both baby molars and permanent molars, so let’s break down their development timelines:

  • The first set of baby molars comes in around age 1.
  • Second molars appear between 25 and 33 months old.
  • By age 2 or 3, children should have 20 baby teeth, including 4 molars (2 per jaw).
  • At age 6 or 7, the first permanent molars erupt behind the baby teeth.
  • The second set of permanent molars appears around age 11 to 13.
  • Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are additional molars that aren’t always present. It typically occurs between 17 and 21 years old (if they erupt.)

It’s important to remember that these are just average timelines, and the actual eruption times can vary from child to child. Some factors that can influence this include genetics, nutrition, and overall health. 

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Monitor Your Child’s Growth

Visiting ICTeeth for your pediatric dentistry needs ensures that your child’s teeth are developing correctly. Schedule an appointment today with one of our four pediatric dentists to monitor your child’s development. We look forward to meeting you!

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